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Defective Building Materials

Dáil Éireann Debate, Tuesday - 8 February 2022

Tuesday, 8 February 2022

Questions (339)

Thomas Pringle

Question:

339. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the instruction his Department has given to Donegal County Council in relation to the processing of existing applications to the defective concrete block scheme, while legislation underpinning the enhancements announced by him on 30 November 2021 is progressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6680/22]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

Donegal 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.

Officals from my Department met with Donegal County Council on the 20 January and advised that applications can continue to be made to the relevant local authorities and should be processsed under the current Defective Concrete Block grant scheme, which is underpinned by IS:465 and 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 30 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.

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