Fianna Fáil TD for Donegal Charlie McConalogue has called on the Government to ensure that a MICA redress scheme is introduced next month.

Deputy McConalogue made the call after Minister English confirmed to him in the Dáil that the Government will be in a position to outline its approach to the long standing issue next month.

“A redress scheme is the only viable option for homeowners affected by MICA. The Government has continually dragged its heels on this issue but it must step up to the mark and end this living nightmare for those affected, by introducing a redress scheme”, said Deputy McConalogue.

“Families are living in homes that are crumbling around them. Many have been forced to leave their houses because they are unsafe, while others have had no other option but to carry out works at huge expense.  Despite receiving no support from government, the majority of these homeowners have continued to pay their mortgages, even though their homes have been deemed unliveable.

“The State has already set a precedent when it intervened for pyrite affected homes in the east of the country.  We need to see a similar redress scheme established to compensate people whose homes have been affected by MICA.  This saga has been ongoing for long enough, we need the government to take action at this point.

“Those affected will accept nothing less than a redress scheme and I will continue to press this with the Government on their behalf.”