Mica Action Group: Group protesting against ‘crumbling homes in Donegal meet Irish Government

(L) John Wickham and Mr Aidan O'Connor (Dept of Enviroment), Karin O'Conor (PA and Parliamentary Liaison to Joe McHugh TD), Paul Fox, (Political Assistant to Minister Paudie Coffey TD), Paris Beausang (Dept of Enviroment), (R) Phil Mc Daid, (MAG Treasurer), Brigid McGonagle (MAG Joint Secretary), Dr Eileen Doherty (MAG Advisor), Damien Mc Kay (MAG Advisor).

(L) John Wickham and Mr Aidan O'Connor (Dept of Enviroment), Karin O'Conor (PA and Parliamentary Liaison to Joe McHugh TD), Paul Fox, (Political Assistant to Minister Paudie Coffey TD), Paris Beausang (Dept of Enviroment), (R) Phil Mc Daid, (MAG Treasurer), Brigid McGonagle (MAG Joint Secretary), Dr Eileen Doherty (MAG Advisor), Damien Mc Kay (MAG Advisor).

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Following on from the successful public meeting of November 17th on the issue of defective blocks used in homes across the county, the MICA action Group met with officials from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government yesterday in Dublin to bring the issue to their attention and to discuss a way forward for affected homeowners.

Brigid Mc Gonagle, from Carndonagh, Joint Secretary of the Mica Action Group who was one of the delegates in attendance at the meeting in Dublin stated: “The Mica Action group stressed the urgency of the matter and reiterated our call for a full investigation into this issue across the county.

“DOE officials expressed their concern over the issue and thanked the group for providing them with such detailed information on the matter. However it is clear from discussions that there is still some way to go on this and there will be no ‘quick fix’.

“However, we are delighted that the officials within the department have made a commitment to the group to hold a further meeting internally to elevate this matter as early as next week. We await the outcome of this meeting before Xmas in order to plan our next steps in seeking a redress scheme for all affected homeowners.”

The Mica Action Group was formed earlier this year by individuals whose own homes are cracking due to defective blocks. The objective of the group is to seek a redress scheme from the government for homeowners affected by this issue. The group has engaged with government on a local and on a national level and are demanding that an independent panel be set up to determine the exact scale and the cause of the problem in the county.