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Defective Building Materials

Dáil Éireann Debate, Wednesday - 19 January 2022

Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Questions (514)

Pádraig MacLochlainn


514. Deputy Pádraig Mac Lochlainn asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage when the clarification sought by Donegal County Council from his Department in relation to proposed remedial works in the context of test results, geologist reports and engineer's reports will be forthcoming to allow stage 1 applications under the defective concrete blocks grant scheme to proceed. [1190/22]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

My Department received correspondence from Donegal County Council, dated 6 December, 2021, in relation to reviewing the Administration of the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant scheme. A review of the submission is currently being undertaken by officials from my Department and a response will issue shortly to Donegal County Council.

Donegal and Mayo County Council have responsibility for the administration of the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant scheme. This includes the assessment of applications for eligibility and payment of grants to successful applicants under the specific remediation option approved.

Applications can continue to be made to local authorities in Mayo and Donegal and processed under the current Defective Concrete Block grant scheme, underpinned by the Dwellings Damaged by the Use Of Defective Concrete Blocks in Construction (Remediation) (Financial Assistance) Regulations 2020, until the measures announced as a result of the Government decision on the 30th November are legislated for. Appropriate transitional provisions will be included in the new legislation to provide a mechanism to move applications that are received in the meantime to the revised scheme once it commences.

Separately, officials from my Department and the Housing Agency are meeting with officials from Donegal County Council on Thursday, 20 January to discuss issues arising in the context of the transition from the current DCB grant scheme to the newly enhanced scheme and the role of the Housing Agency in that regard.