Tuesday, 7 July 2020

Questions (270)

Patrick O'Donovan


270. Deputy Patrick O'Donovan asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if the Pyrite Resolution Board will take responsibility for ongoing damage to dwellings in County Limerick, caused from the time of first notification. [13818/20]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides the statutory framework for the establishment of the Pyrite Resolution Board and for the making of a pyrite remediation scheme to be implemented by the Board with support from the Housing Agency.

The provisions of the Act apply only to dwellings affected by significant damage attributable to pyritic heave consequent on the presence of reactive pyrite in the subfloor hardcore material and not to damage arising in any other circumstances.

The pyrite remediation scheme is a scheme of “last resort” for affected homeowners who have no other practical option to obtain redress and is limited in its application and scope. The full conditions for eligibility under the scheme are available on the Board’s website at www.pyriteboard.ie.

It is a condition of eligibility under the Scheme that an application to the Board must be accompanied by a Building Condition Assessment with a Damage Condition Rating of 2 to ensure that the resources focused on dwellings which are most severely damaged by pyritic heave. There are no proposals to amend this eligibility criterion.

I understand that the Pyrite Resolution Board has been made aware of pyrite in the hardcore in a number of dwellings in Limerick and is in the process of making a proposal to include Limerick City and County Council area in the Pyrite Remediation Scheme.

Any amendments which the Board consider are required to the Scheme will be given full consideration in accordance with the requirements of the Act.