Tuesday, 8 February 2022
Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government
Defective Building Materials
344. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government the reason the updated MICA and pyrite redress scheme does not have one full-time employee working on the scheme in his Department; and the details of the persons who will serve on the proposed implementation group for the updated scheme. [6732/22]
345. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the concerns of the homeowners affected by MICA and pyrite defective blocks at the lack of detail in the information supplied to homeowners in relation to the scheme; and if he will re-establish a working group of officials who can liaise with families in counties Donegal and Mayo to address the information gaps in relation to the scheme. [6733/22]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 344 and 345 together.
I received the final report of the Working Group on Defective Concrete Blocks in early October and since then have engaged in extensive consultation with Government colleagues on the matter. Following completion of this consultative process I brought a Memorandum to Government, setting out proposals for improvements to the existing scheme, it’s future administration and various other matters raised in the Report of the working group.
Government approved the enhanced scheme which it is estimated will cost approximately €2.2Bn and Full details in relation to the changes announced are available at the following link;
I aim to bring the required primary legislation to give effect to the enhanced scheme before the Oireachtas as soon as possible with Spring 2022 being the indicative target timeline. Arrangements for the implementation of the scheme will be finalised in parallel with the development of the legislation.