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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 15 September 2011

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Questions (39, 40)

Gerry Adams


29 Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to put in place measures to mediate a just resolution between private rental tenants and owners who are facing massive financial hardship and upheaval with companies that used substandard filling material containing pyrite in the building of their homes and properties as has been done to ensure resolution in the case of public buildings. [24106/11]

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Clare Daly


101 Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the scope and powers of the three person committee to address the pyrite issue with reference to the likely timescale; the way it will deal with HomeBond on its unilateral withdrawal of offers to householders whose homes have heave inducing pyrite. [24440/11]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 29 and 101 together.

In response to the difficult and distressing problems faced by homeowners and tenants affected by pyrite I am setting up a panel to prepare a report, which I would intend to place in the public domain, on the way forward in relation to pyrite contamination in private housing stock. My Department will provide technical and administrative support to the panel in carrying out its work and is in close contact with relevant local authorities in regard to pyrite contamination in some social housing developments.

I anticipate that the panel will engage with relevant stakeholders, including HomeBond, during the course of its work.

Question No. 30 answered with Question No. 27.