Written answers

Thursday, 9 March 2023

Department of Housing, Planning, and Local Government

Defective Building Materials

Photo of Pearse DohertyPearse Doherty (Donegal, Sinn Fein)
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133. To ask the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government if he is aware that homeowners with properties affected by Mica are continuing to pay full mortgage costs on their homes, some of which are uninhabitable or now demolished; if he recognises the additional financial strain this is putting on homeowners; if he has engaged with the Central Bank and lenders regarding this issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11941/23]

Photo of Darragh O'BrienDarragh O'Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail)
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Oversight of financial institutions is outside the scope and remit of my Department but I confirm that I have engaged with my colleague, the Minister for Finance on these matters.

The Minister for Finance advised that neither he nor his Department have any role in relation to the commercial decisions of individual regulated entities, such as decisions they may make on applications for credit, or in respect of individual actions they may take to assist households with a mortgage which is secured on a residence affected by mica or pyrite.

Notwithstanding this, engagement is on-going with the Banking and Payments Federation (BPFI) on specific issues raised by Defective Concrete Block homeowners to see what can be done to address their concerns. In this regard I met with the BPFI on 2 February 2023 and, in the meeting, I stressed the need for a fair and consistent approach to be taken by the banking sector with customers with distressed mortgage issues arising from the effects of defective concrete blocks on their houses. I asked the BPFI to engage with their members in this regard.


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