Special meeting over defective blocks crisis

DONEGAL County Council is to hold a special meeting tomorrow to discuss the steps they must take to immediately help those families whose homes are worst affected by defective concrete blocks. The meeting will also discuss the steps to provide alternative accommodation urgently and to seek an update on a recent meeting with the Minister for […]

Funding announced for defective block home owners

The Government has today announced a grant of €15,000 for accommodation costs for those in immediate need of rehousing, due to defective blocks. A further grant of €5,000 was also announced for storage costs. These grants are being made available by Donegal County Council on the submission of relevant documentation. Advertisement Welcoming this announcement, Cllr. […]

Conference hears ten community centres have defective blocks

TEN community centres in Donegal have defective blocks but committees are afraid to go public as it could render their facilities uninsurable, a conference has heard. The stark figure came to light during a defective blocks convention held in the Clanree Hotel this week which looked at the scientific and social impacts of mica and other materials. Ray community centre […]

Homeowners share heartbreaking stories at the Defective Blocks Conference

Eileen McLaughlin Long from Inch Island thought she was building her forever home in 2005 until cracks began to appear ten years later. The word mica was becoming more common as the cracks grew wider and wider. After finally getting the money together for core testing the results of Eileen’s home were classed as full […]

Conference looks for solutions to defective blocks crisis

A defective blocks conference held in Letterkenny has heard from a wide range of voices including international geology experts, politicians, families and businesses. Members of the Mica Action Group also offered their views. The event was hosted by Atlantic Technological University and University Ulster. Sponsorship came from the European Union and independent MEP Luke ‘Ming’ Flanagan. Advertisement […]