Work on new defective concrete block scheme ‘gaining momentum’

DONEGAL County Council has confirmed that the transitioning of applications from the previous scheme to the enhanced scheme  is ‘gaining momentum.’ 

A Council spokesperson has today confirmed that around 350 homeowners will receive clarity on their application in the coming weeks.

In early July the Council confirmed that the Enhanced Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme had been introduced by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage, and that online applications
could be made with effect from July 10 2023.


The Council is tasked with administering the scheme in Donegal, on behalf of the Department.

Today, the Council issued a statement on the progress of the scheme.

849 of the 1,296 applications had already received approval under the previous scheme.

The Council contacted all homeowners in this category in late July and early August outlining what needed to be done next, and what information was required.

To date 84 applicants have returned the information required.

A Council spokesperson said, “Given the volume of applications involved, the transitioning of applications from the previous scheme to the enhanced scheme is a significant task, and will take some time.

“However, this is now starting to gain momentum, and it is expected that around 350 homeowners will get progress and clarity in relation to their application within the next few weeks.


“The Council is aware that the most important application for each homeowner is their own individual application, and we appreciate the patience of homeowners who have yet to have their application

“We want to reassure homeowners that the staff are working hard to progress each application under the terms of the new scheme.

“Significant volumes of payments have issued and this will continue, with €1.3 million recently having been paid out in July and August.

“There is certainly light at the end of the tunnel, and while there is some way to go, there is a sense that this is starting to move forward, with positive feedback received from a number of homeowners this week’.

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