Readers like you keep news free for everyone.

More than 5,000 readers have already pitched in to keep free access to The Journal.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can help keep paywalls away.

Support us today
Not now

Houses 'crumbling around families' because of defective bricks

The homeowners in Donegal want redress.

Image: Christina Galbraith

HOUSING MINISTER PAUDIE Coffey TD has met with locals in Inishowen, Co Donegal whose houses are “crumbling around them”.

The Mica Action Group has been campaigning on the issue and says defective blocks are present in the houses of the homeowners.

The group says that the minister’s visit follows a public meeting in November that was attended by “upwards of 350 people attended, many of whom are affected by this issue”.

“The group welcomes the minister’s initiative in making time to come to Inishowen,” committee member Ann Owens said yesterday. “He saw first-hand some of the homes which have suffered serious degradation and spoke to the families involved.”

The group are seeking a redress scheme for people whose houses have been built with defective blocks. They are also pushing for an independent panel to be set up to examine the scale of the problem across the county.

“Some of the affected homeowners have shared detailed technical reports with the Department of Environment, outlining robust testing that has been undertaken on their properties to verify the cause of the significant cracking to homes,” Owens said following yesterday’s meeting.

Making a difference

A mix of advertising and supporting contributions helps keep paywalls away from valuable information like this article.

Over 5,000 readers like you have already stepped up and support us with a monthly payment or a once-off donation.

For the price of one cup of coffee each week you can make sure we can keep reliable, meaningful news open to everyone regardless of their ability to pay.

She added that they have been promised support from the department but accept that the issue “will not be resolved overnight”.

Read: Enda Kenny vows to crack down on cowboy developers >

Read: How many people aren’t paying property tax because their homes have pyrite? >

About the author:

Rónán Duffy

Read next: