Thursday, 13 June 2019

Ceisteanna (229)

Louise O'Reilly

Ceist:

229. Deputy Louise O'Reilly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government when pyrite remediation works will be concluded at a location (details supplied) in County Dublin. [24641/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar 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 pyrite remediation scheme is a scheme of “last resort” and is limited in its application and scope.   The full conditions for eligibility under the scheme are set out in the scheme which is available on the Board’s website, www.pyriteboard.ie.

In accordance with the provisions of the Act, the Board is independent in the performance of its functions, and as Minister, I have no role in the operational matters pertaining to the implementation of the scheme. The Board may be contacted by phone at Lo call 1890 252842 or by email to info@pyriteboard.ie or alternatively at oireachtasinfo@pyriteboard.ie.

The latest figures available indicate that a total of 2,393 applications have been received under the pyrite remediation scheme. Of these, 1,939 dwellings have been included in the scheme, with the applicants notified accordingly, and 1,579 dwellings have been remediated. 

A sum of €32 million is available to fund the operation of the pyrite remediation scheme this year.  This will facilitate the remediation of some 460 additional dwellings and is a clear signal of the continuing importance attached by Government to addressing the issue of significant pyritic damage in private dwellings. This will bring to approximately €126m the total funding provided under the scheme since 2014.

Ultimately, the Pyrite Remediation Board, together with the Housing Agency, will arrange for all eligible dwellings to be remediated to a high standard and at no additional cost to the affected homeowners. Remediation works will continue to be carried out at the earliest possible opportunity having regard to the existing demands of the scheme and the optimum use of available resources. There is no closing date for applications.