PROGRESS has been made but more results need to be seen to avoid another day in Dublin.
That was the message from mica campaigners yesterday following the third meeting of the working group set up to examine the redress scheme.
Members of the 100 per cent Redress No Less group received a commitment from government officials at the virtual meeting on a number of key issues including assistance with upfront costs to apply for the scheme.
A process is to be implemented to enable all families to apply for the scheme without having to come up with the significant money upfront but further details will be needed on how this will work.
Officials also promised support on planning issues and an exemption for planning for like-for-like rebuilds will be supported by government.
The government will also support the payment of accommodation costs for all families who need to move out of their home during remedial works being undertaken.
If there are any enhancements to the scheme a commitment was given that they will also apply to applicants who have already been approved under the current scheme.
Clarity was sought around when these supports will be actioned and the Department said they can go ahead soon if there is no requirement for changes to existing legislation.
The lack of resources at Donegal County Council to deal with the redress scheme was again raised and the Department agreed that they will support all necessary resource requirements to support the administration of the scheme.
Clarity was also given around extensions to existing properties exhibiting signs of mica, these can be applied for under the scheme.
A comprehensive document is currently being prepared by the Department that aims to respond to each of the issues highlighted by both Donegal and Mayo family representatives. This document will be sent out on Monday and will be reviewed by the mica committee before they meet the Department again next Wednesday and Friday.
“Family representatives reiterated that we need to see some more results over the next few weeks or we will have no alternative to return to the capital,” said a spokesperson for the mica committee.
“In general terms, there has been some good progress made today. We welcome these changes to the scheme but acknowledge that we still have significant work to do over the next few weeks.”
Posted: 7:09 pm July 15, 2021