Pyrite protest to take to the streets in Dublin

Photo: North Mayo Pyrite Group/Facebook

Photo: North Mayo Pyrite Group/Facebook

Owners of homes affected by pyrite in North Mayo will be heading to Dublin next week to voice their frustration at the current situation as they look for a full remediation package.

The North Mayo Pyrite Group is organising the protest and has a number of buses laid on to bring protesters to the capital, where they are looking to get 100 per cent redress for the rebuilding of their homes.

The group will be protesting outside the Convention Centre on Tuesday, June 15, where the Dáil is currently sitting, and they will be joined by homeowners from Donegal who are also similarly affected by the presence of mica in their homes.

A Defective Concrete Block Scheme was launched by the Government last year, but the group say that the scheme is not enough to cover the costs of repairing or rebuilding their homes with a 90 per cent grant, and they are looking for 100 per cent of the costs redress scheme to be implemented.

On Monday next, Ballina Municipal District Cathaoirleach, Cllr Seamus Weir, is to table a motion at the June meeting of Mayo County Council supporting the group. His motion reads: "That the members of Mayo County Council support my motion calling on Government to review the pyrite contamination on all residential properties in County Mayo. Redress the compensation from 90 percent to 100 percent funding."

Fellow independent councillor in the Ballina Municipal District, Cllr Mark Duffy - also recently called for a full redress scheme for those affected, saying: "A 100 per cent redress scheme for homeowners must be created, supported by grants from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and relief from financial institutions during the rebuild process."

The North Mayo Pyrite Group has also featured a number of videos from homeowners affected by Pyrite on their social media channels, outlining their situations and showing the effect it has had on them and their families.


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