Seanad debates

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Commencement Matters

Building Regulations

2:30 pm

Photo of Pádraig Mac LochlainnPádraig Mac Lochlainn (Sinn Fein) | Oireachtas source

The language used in the Minister of State's reply does not tally with the Government's actions. How can it take the best part of five months to legally proof a document? I understand this report was concluded at the beginning of this year. It is not acceptable that five months have been spent legally proofing it. A year has passed since this document was supposed to be published. Families have been faced with impossible choices during that time. This is a real crisis. Senators will recall that the Government rightly responded to the pyrite crisis faced by families in Dublin and north Leinster by putting a redress scheme in place. Such a scheme is urgently needed by families in counties Donegal and Mayo. It is shocking that it has taken so long to legally proof these documents. I ask the Minister of State to convey to the Minister, Deputy Coveney, that people in County Donegal are angry because the Government has failed to get this sorted out and done. I urge the Minister of State to get this report published as soon as possible so that a redress scheme can be put in place for these families.


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