THE leading mica campaigner has called on Donegal people to make next Friday’s mica protest in Dublin ‘bigger than the last one’ as the recent redress report sparked frustration.
The mica protest planned for October 8 is definitely going ahead as campaigners call for the entire county to come out and support mica homeowners.
The release of working group report sparked frustration among campaigners as it appears to support 100 per cent redress for repair work on affected homes, but not for demolition and rebuilding if the cost exceeds a spending cap.
This spending cap has not yet been announced.
The report also puts the current overall cost of redress at €1.4bn, but based on the homeowners final submission the estimated costs of the changes requested by campaigners could increase to €3.2bn.
Following the release of the report, campaigner Paddy Diver confirmed that the mica protest is definitely going ahead.
People are being asked to gather at The Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square in Rotunda, Dublin at 12 noon on October 8 and buses are leaving from all over Donegal including Letterkenny, Buncrana and Lifford.
Speaking to the Donegal News Mr Diver appealed for everyone to come out and support mica home owners.
“We are sick of kicking the can down the street.
“We need answers.
“We need to keep the pressure on the Government to end this torture so we need people to turn up on October 8.
“This protest has to be bigger than the last one.
“We have a duty to everyone involved so I am appealing to everyone, mica affected or not, to come out and support your neighbours.
“If we land down in small numbers, the government will think we are losing momentum so we have to show that we are all in this together.
“We are not giving up the fight and we are not walking away from this.
“We are fighting for our family homes.
“We are going to turn up on October 8 and it will be a peaceful protest but when we go through O’Connell bridge the city will be brought to a standstill.
“We have to make a stand,” said Mr Diver.
Posted: 3:43 pm October 1, 2021