Thursday, 8 November 2012

Ceisteanna (244)

Clare Daly

Ceist:

244. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views on the fact that a company (details supplied) is refusing claims of homeowners with heave-inducing pyrite of a level that they previously accepted based on the Pyrite Panel's categorisation of the amber category; and the steps he will take to address this situation. [49334/12]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Environment)

In its report the Pyrite Panel recommended a categorisation of dwellings affected by pyrite to determine the appropriate approach to be adopted in establishing the prioritisation of remediation works. I believe the categorisation methodology recommended by the Pyrite Panel offers a pragmatic and sensible approach to the remediation of pyrite damaged dwellings.

However, the approach recommended in the report refers only to a remediation scheme that would be advanced by a Resolution Board which the Pyrite Panel recommended should be established to deal with pyrite problems where there are no other options available to homeowners for the remediation of their dwellings.

Structural defects warranties/insurance schemes are provided by private companies and operate on the basis of a contractual arrangement between the relevant parties. It is normal for such schemes to have terms and conditions which would set out the parameters of the schemes and how they should be implemented. While I have no function in relation to the operation of such schemes, I believe that the parties involved should live up to their contractual obligations and responsibilities and ensure that dwellings affected by pyrite are remediated in accordance with the terms of the scheme.