Sinn Féin Senator Senator Rose Conway-Walsh has welcomed the long-awaited Pyrite Scheme, and has requested Minister Damien English to address outstanding implementation issues and timeframe in the Seanad.
Senator Conway-Walsh was responding in the Seanad to the announcement of a €20 million repair scheme, approved by the Government for homes affected by pyrite and mica.
The Mayo-based Senator said:
“I welcome the announcement by Minister Damien English, but it must be remembered that these homeowners have been battling for years on this issue.
“In many cases it was a battle to save their homes. I am mindful that many people felt they had no option but to move out.
“These cases showed us that time is of the essence and that announcements without fixed dates and guaranteed delivery of funds is not the end of the story.
“The distress and worry has taken its toll on family life.
“As we approach the good weather many homeowners will want to get repairs underway, and that includes time for surveying and assessing quotes.
“I am also concerned that there should be no delay in the passage of money directly to homeowners.
“Previous schemes have seen money held up at local authority level meaning applicants had to go through multiple processes to access funds they are fully entitled to.
“Today I asked for Minister English to come to the Seanad and provide that clarity around timing and funding that will go some way to ending the nightmare facing those living in pyrite affected homes.”