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# mica - This week 27th November 2022 - 2nd December 2022

Donegal County Council meeting adjourned to address Mica redress protest outside
# Defective Blocks
# Defective Blocks

Donegal County Council meeting adjourned to address Mica redress protest outside

Mon 8:33 PM 7,502 Views 5 Comments

Senior members of the council went to hear the concerns and frustration of the crowd.

# mica - This year 2022

Committee to be told concrete levy will add €1,200 to cost of the 'most common house types'
# Concrete Levy
# Concrete Levy

Committee to be told concrete levy will add €1,200 to cost of the 'most common house types'

Oct 26th 2022, 6:00 AM 8,189 Views 18 Comments

The SCSI will tell the committee that the levy will ‘challenge the viability of construction projects’.

Concrete levy budget climbdown as tax reduced to 5% and pushed out to September
# Not Set In Stone
# Not Set In Stone

Concrete levy budget climbdown as tax reduced to 5% and pushed out to September

Updated Oct 18th 2022, 8:45 PM 15,839 Views 36 Comments

The levy is part of a plan to offset the cost of the mica redress scheme.

Poll: Do you support the new concrete block levy?
# Your Say
# Your Say

Poll: Do you support the new concrete block levy?

Oct 4th 2022, 9:09 AM 43,473 Views 59 Comments

Sinn Féin has tabled a Dáil motion to scrap the new levy.

10% levy on concrete blocks to help fund mica and pyrite redress schemes
# Mica
# Mica

10% levy on concrete blocks to help fund mica and pyrite redress schemes

Updated Sep 27th 2022, 2:57 PM 35,519 Views 36 Comments

The levy is expected to raise €80 million anually and it will be applied from 3 April 2023 at a rate of 10%.

Builders' levy should help pay for works on thousands of defective apartments, says Bacik
# Fire Safety
# Fire Safety

Builders' levy should help pay for works on thousands of defective apartments, says Bacik

Jul 15th 2022, 9:07 AM 15,383 Views 34 Comments

Government will have to provide assistance, Leo Varadkar has said.

Mica action groups declare intent to set up political party
# Block Party
# Block Party

Mica action groups declare intent to set up political party

Jul 6th 2022, 7:10 AM 11,225 Views 19 Comments

The action groups intend to run local and general election candidates.

Mica homeowners made to feel like 'chancers', committee hears
# Mica
# Mica

Mica homeowners made to feel like 'chancers', committee hears

Jun 23rd 2022, 5:56 PM 11,716 Views 12 Comments

The Oireachtas housing committee was sitting for a marathon seven-hour evidence session on the Government’s new defective blocks bill today.

There will be no cap on the number of Ukrainian refugees Ireland takes in, says minister
# Leaders' Questions
# Leaders' Questions

There will be no cap on the number of Ukrainian refugees Ireland takes in, says minister

Jun 22nd 2022, 4:07 PM 21,600 Views 0 Comments

There were heated exchanges between Independent TD Carol Nolan and the housing minister over the issue of immigration.

Government expands mica scheme to include homeowners in Clare and Limerick
# Housing
# Housing

Government expands mica scheme to include homeowners in Clare and Limerick

Updated Jun 14th 2022, 3:00 PM 13,296 Views 16 Comments

The estimated cost of the scheme now stands at €2.7 billion.

Mica homeowner group welcomes new report on costings for grant scheme
# Redress
# Redress

Mica homeowner group welcomes new report on costings for grant scheme

Mar 3rd 2022, 3:42 PM 6,828 Views 4 Comments

The report puts rebuild costs at between €150,000 and €421,000 depending on the size and location of the house.

'The anxiety was unbelievable': Mica homeowners feared for their safety during Storm Franklin
# Donegal
# Donegal

'The anxiety was unbelievable': Mica homeowners feared for their safety during Storm Franklin

Feb 21st 2022, 4:38 PM 17,652 Views 18 Comments

Homeowners are still waiting for clarity in relation to the redress scheme that will help them to fix their crumbling homes.

# mica - Last year 2021

Mica: How a campaign started around a Donegal kitchen table captured the nation's attention
# Mica
# Mica

Mica: How a campaign started around a Donegal kitchen table captured the nation's attention

Dec 31st 2021, 12:05 AM 19,988 Views 34 Comments
  • After a ten-year campaign homeowners are still fighting for a scheme that will make it genuinely affordable to repair their homes, Michelle Hennessy reports.
  • Campaigners said the government "almost got it right" with recent enhancements to the scheme.
  • They are confident they can reach a resolution in 2022.
Housing shortages will increase challenges with mica redress scheme, Taoiseach says
# Mica Redress
# Mica Redress

Housing shortages will increase challenges with mica redress scheme, Taoiseach says

Dec 30th 2021, 7:05 AM 10,186 Views 17 Comments

He said some people will have to seek alternative accommodation while homes affected are being replaced and repaired.

Mica campaigners in discussions to form new political party
# Donegal
# Donegal

Mica campaigners in discussions to form new political party

Dec 26th 2021, 1:03 PM 32,335 Views 84 Comments

Activist Paddy Diver said he wants the people of Donegal to look out for the county “the way the Healy-Raes look after Kerry”.

Mica campaigners say average homeowner will have to pay €65,000 under redress scheme
# Mica
# Mica

Mica campaigners say average homeowner will have to pay €65,000 under redress scheme

Dec 1st 2021, 3:52 PM 15,744 Views 75 Comments

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty today told the government to “go back to the drawing board”.

Mica redress: Package for homeowners capped at €420,000 in €2.2 billion scheme
# Crumbling Blocks
# Crumbling Blocks

Mica redress: Package for homeowners capped at €420,000 in €2.2 billion scheme

Updated Nov 30th 2021, 8:55 PM 56,641 Views 138 Comments

The scheme will cover an estimated 7,500 homes at a total cost of €2.2 billion.

New mica redress scheme 'falls way short of the mark once again', campaigners say
# Homes
# Homes

New mica redress scheme 'falls way short of the mark once again', campaigners say

Nov 29th 2021, 9:29 AM 21,288 Views 57 Comments

Campaigners intend to march in Dublin again if the government does not revisit its plan.

Mica redress decision to come before Cabinet ‘soon’, says McConalogue
# Mica Redress
# Mica Redress

Mica redress decision to come before Cabinet ‘soon’, says McConalogue

Nov 21st 2021, 4:00 PM 8,394 Views 12 Comments

The Minister for Agriculture said he believed that any proposal brought to Cabinet would deliver 100% redress to homeowners.

Tax or levy to pay for new Mica redress scheme under consideration by government
# Mica Redress
# Mica Redress

Tax or levy to pay for new Mica redress scheme under consideration by government

Nov 11th 2021, 11:54 AM 29,523 Views 83 Comments

It is believed that a cap of approximately €400,000 per home will ultimately be agreed upon.

Children protest outside Dáil calling for 100% Mica redress scheme
# Mica
# Mica

Children protest outside Dáil calling for 100% Mica redress scheme

Oct 20th 2021, 1:24 PM 18,016 Views 101 Comments

The children said all they want is to feel safe in their homes.

Mica protesters vow to continue demonstrations if 100% redress demands not met
# Mica Redress
# Mica Redress

Mica protesters vow to continue demonstrations if 100% redress demands not met

Updated Oct 8th 2021, 7:20 PM 62,864 Views 174 Comments
  • Tens of thousands protested in Dublin calling for full redress.
  • Campaigners say they are considering running candidates in the next election
  • Taoiseach Micheal Martin said details of redress scheme would not be ready in time for the budget.
'It’s mental torture': Thousands expected at mica rally as homeowners take long road to Dublin
# Defective Blocks
# Defective Blocks

'It’s mental torture': Thousands expected at mica rally as homeowners take long road to Dublin

Oct 8th 2021, 6:01 AM 24,493 Views 37 Comments

Some homeowners say they do not feel safe in their homes.

Mica redress package will be 'one of the biggest ever announced in relation to anything'
# Defective Blocks
# Defective Blocks

Mica redress package will be 'one of the biggest ever announced in relation to anything'

Oct 5th 2021, 3:40 PM 11,196 Views 27 Comments

Minister Simon Coveney said however that it will not be ready before the Budget.

Decision on mica scheme may not be made by end of October, junior minister says
# Mica
# Mica

Decision on mica scheme may not be made by end of October, junior minister says

Oct 3rd 2021, 2:26 PM 8,591 Views 16 Comments

A draft report did not recommend 100% redress, as demanded by campaigners.

Mica-affected homeowner: As a homebuyer in Ireland, you have few rights
# Opinion
# Opinion

Mica-affected homeowner: As a homebuyer in Ireland, you have few rights

Oct 2nd 2021, 7:00 AM 19,354 Views 33 Comments

Lisa Hone lives with mica in her home every day. She warns householders that they have very little protection on the biggest purchase of their lives.

'Not what we signed off on': Mica campaigners unhappy with redress report
# Mica
# Mica

'Not what we signed off on': Mica campaigners unhappy with redress report

Updated Oct 1st 2021, 4:43 PM 30,566 Views 101 Comments
  • The report says the total cost of the remediation scheme could be €3.2 billion.
  • Homeowners who have to completely demolish and rebuild their homes would not necessarily get a 100% grant.
  • Other remediation works would receive a 100% grant and all caps should be increased, the report says.
  • The report is to be considered by the minister before he brings proposals to Cabinet.
Explainer: Mica, crumbling blocks and the campaign for 100% redress

Explainer: Mica, crumbling blocks and the campaign for 100% redress

Sep 30th 2021, 11:59 PM 22,787 Views 24 Comments

Government plans to deal with the issue are likely to be tabled in the next fortnight.

'O'Brien needs to get his act together' say Mica protesters outside Leinster House today
# Redress
# Redress

'O'Brien needs to get his act together' say Mica protesters outside Leinster House today

Updated Sep 30th 2021, 12:45 PM 14,688 Views 45 Comments

Campaigners are seeking 100% redress for damage to their homes.

Minister for Housing meets with Mica residents to discuss working group report
# Mica
# Mica

Minister for Housing meets with Mica residents to discuss working group report

Updated Sep 29th 2021, 7:35 PM 10,000 Views 14 Comments

The householders, in Donegal and Mayo, are seeking 100% redress for their Mica damaged homes.

Darragh O’Brien says ‘nothing is off the table’ on mica redress scheme
# Mica
# Mica

Darragh O’Brien says ‘nothing is off the table’ on mica redress scheme

Sep 27th 2021, 10:42 PM 8,197 Views 12 Comments

The Housing Minister will meet mica-affected homeowners later this week.

Criticism of council after 19 rejections of pyrite homes in Mayo overturned on appeal
# Defective Blocks Scheme
# Defective Blocks Scheme

Criticism of council after 19 rejections of pyrite homes in Mayo overturned on appeal

Sep 22nd 2021, 7:35 PM 21,172 Views 13 Comments

Applications had been rejected despite engineers’ reports and tests confirming the presence of pyrite.

Mica redress: Tánaiste says 'it's not the government's money' so 'we must have cost control'
# Defective Blocks
# Defective Blocks

Mica redress: Tánaiste says 'it's not the government's money' so 'we must have cost control'

Sep 21st 2021, 1:09 PM 20,247 Views 15 Comments

Affected homeowners are seeking 100% of the costs associated with fixing their homes.

Mica block scandal has broadened to other areas in Ireland, says Tánaiste

Mica block scandal has broadened to other areas in Ireland, says Tánaiste

Sep 16th 2021, 5:30 PM 14,930 Views 13 Comments

Varadkar said the Department of Housing has also received requests from local authorities in Sligo, Clare, Limerick and Tipperary to engage in the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme.

Mica protesters gather outside Fianna Fail think-in to call for 100% redress scheme
# Homes
# Homes

Mica protesters gather outside Fianna Fail think-in to call for 100% redress scheme

Sep 9th 2021, 5:26 PM 12,163 Views 26 Comments

Fianna Fáil members gathering in Cavan today were met by around 30 protesters from Donegal.

Mayo homeowners mystified and frustrated over rejection from government pyrite scheme
# Pyrite Scandal
# Pyrite Scandal

Mayo homeowners mystified and frustrated over rejection from government pyrite scheme

Aug 9th 2021, 6:30 AM 43,280 Views 18 Comments

They were deemed ineligible despite reports from engineers stating their homes are damaged.

The Explainer: What is the mica scandal and how has it affected homeowners?
# Podcast
# Podcast

The Explainer: What is the mica scandal and how has it affected homeowners?

Jul 7th 2021, 6:00 PM 3,944 Views 0 Comments

This week, we talk you through how the mica scandal unfolded, and what it tells us about housing in Ireland.

Mica and pyrite scandals - could it still happen today?
# The Good Information Project
# The Good Information Project

Mica and pyrite scandals - could it still happen today?

Jul 4th 2021, 9:00 PM 26,974 Views 23 Comments

Experts have said new legislation is needed to ensure building supplies are checked by independent parties.

Larry Donnelly: Donegal takes a strident stand for justice over mica with Boston at its back
# Mica Protests
# Mica Protests

Larry Donnelly: Donegal takes a strident stand for justice over mica with Boston at its back

Jun 19th 2021, 8:00 PM 28,747 Views 7 Comments

The Donegal diaspora in the US is mobilising in support of homeowners seeking compensation for mica damage to their homes.

'It's just been years of crying, hatred, feeling angry': Three mica homeowners share their stories
# Redress
# Redress

'It's just been years of crying, hatred, feeling angry': Three mica homeowners share their stories

Jun 19th 2021, 12:05 AM 24,024 Views 40 Comments
  • It's been a long road for impacted homeowners and they see no end in sight, Michelle Hennessy reports.
  • Families who spoke to The Journal said they cannot even afford the initial mica test required to apply for the government's grant scheme.
  • They say years of being ignored by government has intensified the stress they are already feeling living in homes that are falling down around them.
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