Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Questions (114)

Terence Flanagan


114. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding pyrite; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [23757/14]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The report of the independent Pyrite Panel (June 2012) provides the framework and context for the pyrite remediation scheme and the eligibility criteria are reflective of the conclusions and recommendations of the report. The scheme , which has recently been made by the Pyrite Resolution Board, is limited in its application and scope, is applicable to a restricted group of homeowners within the geographical areas identified in the report of the Pyrite Panel and applies to houses, apartments, duplexes and maisonettes. It is a scheme of “last resort” where homeowners can demonstrate to the Pyrite Resolution Board that they have no other practicable options to seek redress.

In general, building defects are matters for resolution between contracting parties, the homeowner, the builder, the supplier and/or their respective insurers and in the event that the parties cannot reach a settlement by negotiation the option of seeking redress in the Courts may be considered.