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Michael Ring TD, the Minister for Rural and Community Development has announced plans for a special scheme to repair homes affected by Mica and Pyrite to be introduced in Mayo and in Donegal.
The 362 homes in Mayo that have been identified as having issues with pyrite in the blocks should be put at the top of any redress list if funding becomes available, the July meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District was told this week. Sinn Féin councillor Teresa Whelan put forward that idea at Monday's meeting which was held in Geesala.
Two Mayo senators have called on the Government to bring in a remediation scheme for homes in north Mayo that have been affected by pyrite. Both Sinn Féin senator Rose Conway-Walsh and Fine Gael senator Michelle Mulherin called for such a scheme to be put in place this week after the Expert Panel on Concrete Blocks published their report.
There has been some progress for tenants of local authority homes affected by pyrite, it was revealed this week, but there was not good news for private home owners in the county also affected by the problem. At this week’s meeting of the West Mayo Municipal District, Martin Keating, the director of services for the district, told the elected members: “We’ve received communication from the Department that confirms that they are not covered by the pyrite remediation scheme [which was in place in the east of the country], but they are willing to work with Mayo County Council to resolve the issue. They have asked us to commission a number of further tests and studies on the units and to submit them to them as soon as possible. Arrangements are being made to have that done at the minute, we will keep you appraised on that. We are very glad to see there is movement on it from the Department, or at least a willingness to work with the council on resolving the social housing units.”
The problem of pyrite in local authority homes is something Mayo County Council is trying to address and is pushing with the relevant Government departments it was said this week.