Thursday, 3 June 2021
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Defective Building Materials
264. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the reason Donegal County Council is rejecting the recommendations of the structural engineer professionals and laboratory scientists on MICA despite spending roughly €6,000 to engage their expertise. [30283/21]
The local authority has responsibility for the detailed administration of the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant scheme. This includes the assessment of applications for eligibility and payment of grants to successful applicants under the specific remediation option approved.
While an engineer's report informs a local authority's consideration and assessment of a grant application, the final decision on eligibilty for the scheme and the level of funding approved rests with the local authority.
265. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the number of times he met with persons or representatives of persons whose properties have been affected by the MICA issue in County Donegal since he assumed office. [30284/21]
I met with persons and representatives of persons, whose properties have been affected by the use of defective concrete blocks in County Donegal, on three occasions. The first was at the launch of the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant scheme, which took place in Buncrana on 6 August 2020. The second meeting was held virtually on 4 February 2021. The third meeting was also held virtually on 20 May 2021.