Study claims Mica not main cause of defective blocks crisis

A Scientific study has claimed that mica is not the primary issue in the defective blocks crisis. The report titled ‘The “mica crisis” in Donegal, Ireland – A case of internal sulfate attack?’ investigated the cause of the defective block scandal that is affecting thousands of homes in Donegal. The four investigated homes are located […]

Mica Action Group going through regulations closely

The Mica Action Group (MAG) is currently going through the latest version of the draft regulations with “a fine tooth comb”. The long awaited updated regulations were published earlier this week. The Chair of MAG, Lisa Hone told the Donegal News that the group is currently reviewing the highly detailed regulations, ensuring their understanding and […]

Pringle supports call for minister to come to Donegal to meet on mica redress issues

Independent TD for Donegal, Thomas Pringle, has supported the call of the Mica Action Group and Donegal county councillors for the Housing Minister to come to Donegal to discuss outstanding issues in the mica redress scheme. Addressing the Dáil, Deputy Pringle said, “I hosted the Mica Action Group who, along with county councillors, spoke to […]

‘Council is not taking modular home issue serious enough’

A Letterkenny councillor has claimed the Council is not taking the issue of alternative accommodation and modular homes for defective block homeowners serious enough. Cllr Gerry McMonagle submitted a motion calling for the Council to submit a proposal to the Department of Housing calling for the introduction and use of modular homes to house those […]

Mica court case fast tracked

THE first of what could see some 2,000 legal actions taken over defective blocks was this week entered into the fast-track Commercial Court, a move welcomed by the Defective Blocks Ireland group. The case on behalf of husband and wife teachers from Malin Head, Liam Ó Dochartaigh and Greinne Bean Uí Dochartaigh is described as […]

Pringle demands clarity from Government on commencement of defective blocks act

Donegal Deputy Thomas Pringle has pressed Government to commence the defective blocks act that was rushed though the Dáil last year but yet still ‘sits on the shelf’.  Addressing the Tánaiste in the Dáil today, Deputy Pringle said, “At the end of September, the Minister for Housing replied to a parliamentary question I put down […]

Derry and Strabane Council collect data on MICA homes

Derry City and Strabane District Council  has embarked on a data collection exercise to quantify the number of residents in the Council area whose properties have MICA. It follows a motion passed at a recent Council meeting calling on the local authority to “recognise the ongoing problem regarding MICA and the potential problems associated with […]