Inishowen councillor Albert Doherty has welcomed the debate and “unanimous support” received from his fellow councillors following the adoption of his motion on Mica/defective blocks .
They also backed his call for the Minister for Environment and Local Government to ensure a financial redress scheme is provided to all affected parties.
Councillor Doherty said the Council acknowledged the preliminary engineer’s report received following detailed tests carried out on the samples of blocks taken from three locations in Inishowen.
In advance of determining any remedial programme of action the council have now sent a number of sub-floor blocks for testing, the results of which are still awaited.
At Monday’s meeting in Lifford, the council also confirmed that concerns have been raised in other parts of the county with particular focus in the Letterkenny /Milford area and added that surveying of the housing stock is ongoing. Mr Seamus Neely CEO confirmed the council would engage with the established independent panel of experts as appropriate.
Colr Doherty said: “The Mica/Defective Blocks issue is a sensitive, financial, emotional and heartbreaking burden visited on many homes and families in Inishowen and the greater Donegal area.The unity and support for my motion from fellow members reflects the deep concerns shared and supports offered to affected parties in Donegal by councillors. The continued testings and ongoing surveying of the council housing stock is welcomed also and ought to be a priority matter for completion by Council staff.Community buildings,statutory offices schools and halls merit scrutiny now also by their committee officers. The continued support for MAG and their efforts on behalf of many private residents affected must also remain steadfast.”