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MAG have positive meeting with Minister Damien English 17.07.18

MEMBERS of the Mica Action Group (MAG) met with Damien English, Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and Joe McHugh, Government Chief Whip and Minister of State at the Department of Culture on Friday, July 13th in Letterkenny.
The Mica Action Group is a voluntary group formed in early 2014 by individuals whose own homes are cracking due to defective blocks. The objective of the group is to seek redress for homeowners affected by this issue.
Members of the Mica Action Group meeting with Minister Damien English on July 13, 2018.
Ann Owens, MAG chairperson said: “In particular, MAG wanted to ask about any government funded redress scheme for householders in Donegal whose homes have been affected by defective blocks/mica.
“Whilst the minister did not formally announce a redress scheme at this point in time, he did provide solid assurance that the publication of the draft protocol by the National Standards Authority of Ireland and the ongoing public consultation process, are vital in paving the way towards a government funded redress scheme. Importantly, Minister English also confirmed that talks to prepare for redress with government officials, technical and legal staff and the Minister for Finance (around funding of the scheme) are now ‘at an advanced stage’.
“Minister Joe McHugh indicated that in his opinion, we are at the ‘serious business stage now’, at government level in conjunction with the ‘heavy lifters’ Eoghan Murphy, Minister for Housing and Pascal Donoghue, Minister for Finance.
Ann went on to say: “Minister English confirmed that in his estimation, following completion of the public consultation process, the training of engineers is to begin in Autumn 2018 with building/remedial work commencing in early 2019, subject to finalization of funding matters.
Ann Owens concluded: “We were also adamant that we would not tolerate certain providers of building materials, who were involved in providing defective products that caused this issue, to be the main beneficiaries under any redress scheme.
“Overall, MAG were unanimous in their perception that the Minister was genuine, and committed to seeing a solution to fixing the homes of those affected. We left the meeting feeling very positive and hopeful for the future for all homeowners affected by this terrible issue.”
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