Councillors to travel to Dáil Éireann today over mica

Twenty councillors are this morning making their way to Dáil Éireann to meet with Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien.

The council-led protest is supported by defective block campaigners.

All  37 councillors of Donegal County Council were implored by those affected by mica to take the matter to the doors of Dáil Éireann on their behalf.


The protest has the full support of Mica Action Group (MAG) and 100 Per Cent Redress No Less campaign.

Campaigner Tomas Devine had implored Donegal’s 37 elected councillors to go to Dáil Éireann and have a “frank and face-to-face discussion” with Minister O’Brien.

He said those affected by mica in Donegal were no longer prepared to “take the crumbs from the table” and want nothing less than 100 per cent redress.

Speaking previously to the Donegal News, Mr Devine said the trip to Dublin was not a mass protest.

He said the people of Donegal took to the streets of the capital twice to demand a full redress. This time, he said, it was about seeing what elected representatives will do instead to help mica affected families.

“So far it has been the homeowners who have done all the campaigning, bringing the issue to the fore and going and doing all the homework,” he said.

“We want the councillors to represent the homeowners and do something for us this time.


“A room in Dáil Éireann is being set aside and we are hopeful that representatives from Clare and Mayo, where others affected by mica, will also come along along too.

“For too long the silence has been deafening. The people of Donegal have taken to the streets of Dublin twice now in a major demonstration. It is not for the people to go to Dublin yet again, this time it is up to our councillors to do that for them.”

The move comes in the wake of a recent focus group meeting in the Station House Hotel  held by the Mica Action Group in a push for more volunteers.

A lobby group was formed and has since met to appoint a spokesperson.

“This issue needs a lot more attention than it is getting at the minute. Tragedy will strike in a mica-affected home if action is not taken now. Some of the houses I have been in are not habitable and have probably got worse since.”

Mr Devine said with local elections next year, he believed some of those affected by mica will throw their hat into the ring as candidates.

“I believe they will be supported in their endeavours.”







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