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Cracks filled in with foam at a property due to pyrite swelling. Laura Hutton/Photocall Ireland

Pyrite remediation work to begin in new year

Yesterday Cabinet approved the publication of the Pyrite Resolution Bill, which will provide for the operation of a scheme to fund the work.

CABINET YESTERDAY APPROVED the publication of the Pyrite Resolution Bill and the early enactment of the legislation, which will provide for the operation of a remediation scheme for work on affected properties.

Commenting yesterday, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan said he will be bringing the bill to the Oireachtas in the next week and it is his intention that it will pass all stages before the Christmas recess.

The government has previously approved €10 million initial funding to kickstart the scheme, with additional funding to be allocated over the next two years.

The passing of the bill will enable the Pyrite Resolution Board to begin taking applications and allow for remediation work to commence as early as the new year, according to the minister.

“I am keenly aware of the long wait that many affected homeowners have had to endure in waiting for solutions to the pyrite problems in their homes,” Hogan said. “It has not been an easy time for those people and I understand how stressful such situations can be but today’s government decision represents another important milestone on the road to providing solutions for homeowners and to put an end to the long wait.”

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