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Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 6 April 2017

Thursday, 6 April 2017

Ceisteanna (26, 39, 46)

Thomas Pringle

Ceist:

26. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the reason for the delay in publishing the report on mica; when the report will be made publicly available; if a redress scheme for properties in County Donegal will be included as a result of the report's findings; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16815/17]

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Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

39. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he has reviewed the findings of the expert panel set up to review the mica issue; the details of those findings; the timeframe for a decision on putting a redress scheme in place to provide financial assistance to affected homeowners following on from the panel's report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17077/17]

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Charlie McConalogue

Ceist:

46. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he has reviewed the findings of the expert panel set up to review the mica issue; the details of those findings; the timeframe for a decision on putting a redress scheme in place to provide financial assistance to affected homeowners following on from the panel's report; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16817/17]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Housing)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 26, 39 and 46 together.

An expert panel on concrete blocks was established by my Department in April 2016 to investigate the problems that have emerged in the concrete blockwork of certain dwellings in Donegal and Mayo.  The panel have the following terms of reference:-

(i) To identify, insofar as it is possible, the numbers of private dwellings which appear to be affected by defects in the blockwork in the Counties of Donegal and Mayo;

(ii) To carry out a desktop study, which would include a consultation process with affected homeowners, public representatives, local authorities, product manufacturers, building professionals, testing laboratories, industry stakeholders and other relevant parties, to establish the nature of the problem in the affected dwellings;

(iii) To outline a range of technical options for remediation and the means by which those technical options could be applied; and

(iv) To submit a report within six months.

The expert panel on concrete blocks met on twelve occasions since it was first established and a similar number of meetings have taken place with key stakeholders, including affected homeowners, the elected members of Donegal and Mayo County Councils, local authority officials, industry bodies, academics, public representatives and other interested parties.  A substantial volume of information has been provided by affected homeowners in both counties, as well as from Donegal and Mayo County Councils; additional information was also provided through the consultation process.

The panel has now concluded its meetings and is in the process of finalising its report which is undergoing legal proofing, which I anticipate will be completed shortly.  In this regard, I will await the outcome of the panel’s report before considering what further actions may be required to assist the parties directly involved in reaching a satisfactory resolution to the problems that have emerged in the two counties.

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