Harsh winter worsens crumbling
THE Mica Action Group (MAG)
has said the long, hard winter has speeded the
deterioration of their crumbling homes.
MAG have called on the Government for a decision to
be made "without delay" on a redress scheme for
homeowners affected by the defective blocks issue in
The group wrote last week to Minister for Housing
and Urban Development Damien English and copied all
of local political representatives asking for urgent
action on the issue.
MAG chair Ann Owens said almost 400 people had
turned out on a cold wet evening last December to
illustrate to the minister "the level of
frustration" felt at the slow rate of progress in
resolving their problems.
"However, we now find ourselves almost in May 2018,
and it would appear that the milestones, as
promised, are way behind schedule. In the meantime,
as you can appreciate, and following another very
hard winter, the homes of those affected by the
defective blocks issue continue to deteriorate at an
From left, Minister for Housing
Damien English; Mica Action Group joint secretaries,
Eileen Doherty and Ann Owens and chairman Phil
McDaid pictured at a meeting in Carndonagh on June
MAG have now demanded
an immediate decision on redress as well as
confirmation from Mr English that he will make a
Budget 2019 submission to the Department of Finance
for the necessary redress funds.
"MAG are also asking that all of our political
representatives in the county step up to the plate
and keep the pressure on the Government in relation
to redress. We will accept nothing less and need to
see some resolution to this issue urgently. Those
homeowners affected by this deserve nothing less,"
added Ms Owens.