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Owners of “crumbling” houses hopeful of property tax waiver 10.06.15

HOMEOWNERS in Inishowen who claim their houses were built with defective blocks are hopeful they will get an exemption from paying the local property tax.
The group, campaigning as the Mica Action Group, have revealed that Minister of State for Housing Paudie Coffey has written to Minister for Finance Michael Noonan seeking an exemption from the charge for the affected homeowners.
Donegal TD and Minister of State for the Gaeltacht Joe McHugh has also written to Mr Noonan seeking the exemption for constituents affected by the problem.
Mr Coffey visited the county earlier this year to see the damage caused to the houses including significant web-like cracking on the exterior walls.
Mica Action Group member Ann Owens described the proposed property tax exemption as "a huge step forward".
"We are very encouraged by this development and by the Minister’s repeated assurances of his continuing cooperation and support in seeking that those who are responsible, be held fully accountable," she said.
“Another important development over the last number of months has been the sharing by a number of affected homeowners of their detailed technical reports with Minister Coffey’s department. These reports outline the robust testing that has been undertaken on their properties. The department has been reviewing these to help verify the cause of the significant cracking to homes."
Ms Owens said the group now await a decision on whether an independent panel of investigation will be set up. The group also wants a redress scheme similar to that afforded homeowners affected by pyrite in the Leinster region.
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