Buncrana tops list of areas
affected by Mica
Buncrana has topped the
list of areas affected by defective Mica blocks in
the county in a recent analysis of registrations by
the Mica Action Group (MAG).
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.
Ann Owens, MAG chairperson said: “MAG recently
analysed the nearly 1200 registrations which have
been made through our facebook page or via our
website and found that Buncrana (including Fahan)
tops the list of areas affected by defective blocks
in the construction of their homes, with 185 homes
registered since we started asking homeowners to
“Interestingly, Letterkenny has now moved into
second place with 154 homeowners having registered.
This figure is a significant increase in the number
of homeowners coming forward in the Letterkenny area
in the last few years. It was not that long ago we
were told that this issue was primarily confined to
the Inishowen area, these latest figures indicate
that this issue affects a much wider area as we have
“In addition to Buncrana and Letterkenny, findings
show that the greater Malin area (inclusive of Malin
Head) has 128 registrations, followed by Carndonagh
(115), Clonmany (83) and Culdaff (43)."
These photographs of defective Mica
blocks, from an Inishowen homeowner, show
significant deterioration in only one year.
Ann continued “At times
like this we need to sit back and consider that in a
small town such as Buncrana for example - 185
family’s homes, the one place they are supposed to
be able to get sanctuary, are showing signs of being
affected, showing signs of failure, with the risk of
collapse. That is 185 families who wait week on week
to find out when the Government is going to step in
to help them.
“Once again, we ask and implore the Government to
move on this issue immediately. At this stage we
cannot accept another delay. We cannot afford to
wait any longer. Homes are deteriorating at a
significant rate, faster than we have seen before
and we are truly fearful of what might happen if we
don’t see this scheme gain approval at Cabinet and
roll out soon."
“Let us not wait until it is too late.”