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Minister visits "crumbling" Inishowen houses 02.03.15

THE Minister for Housing, Paudie Coffey, visited Inishowen on Saturday to witness first-hand the distress of local families who say their homes are "crumbling around them".
The members of the Mica Action Group are seeking a redress scheme, alleging their homes were built with defective materials.
They said Mr Coffey saw "the serious conditions under which homeowners are being forced to live, with homes literally crumbling around them".
He also met personally with the affected homeowners and heard of "the significant stress that results from this issue – an issue brought about through no fault of their own".
Donegal chartered engineer Damien McKay, left, outlines the causes of the degradation at one of the affected Inishowen homes to Housing Minister, Paudie Coffey on Saturday.
The minister's visit followed a public meeting last November at which some 350 people attended. A face to face meeting was then held in Dublin between the group and officials from the Department of Environment.
Mica member Ann Owens and chartered engineer Damien McKay, accompanied the minister and other officials; Minister Joe McHugh TD and Cllr Bernard McGuinness to the affected homes.
“Some of the affected homeowners have shared detailed technical reports with the Department of Environment, outlining robust testing that has been undertaken on their properties to verify the cause of the significant cracking to homes.
“The minister has assured the group of his continued co-operation and support in seeing that those who are culpable be held fully accountable for this issue," added Ms Owens.
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