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Without Accountability on Mica Houses, Scandal Will Happen Again, warns Tóibín

Aontú leader Peadar Tóibín has called for greater accountability for defective Celtic Tiger era apartments.

The Meath West TD said: “Across our country, young couples and families are suffering because of the substandard materials used in the construction of homes and apartments under past governments. There are families who are being given bills of tens of thousands  of euro to fix problems that should’ve never occurred”.

Tóibín continued: “A report, commissioned by Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien has found that structural issues, water ingress and fire safety issues are present in 4 out of 5 apartments built between 1991 and 2013. This is shocking. It’s a complete dereliction of the duty of the political class at the time”.

“Politicians and officials who allowed these apartments to be built have put people into horrendous situations,” he said.

“Their entire world, everything they’ve invested in and built is crumbling around them. In many cases, entire families are being pushed into emergency rental accommodation, while still having to pay the mortgage on their home or apartment. This is an absolute disgrace.” 

“From the Mica scandal to other defective buildings from the Celtic Tiger era, the fault of this lies with the light touch enforcement and regulation that characterised successive Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael governments. Families are now paying for this both financially and with their heath. That cost will soon be borne by the state to the tune of billions of euro and the it appears that nothing will be done to hold the political establishment to account.

”Those who allowed defective apartments and the Mica houses to be built need to be held to account. If they aren’t, this this scandal will happen again,” he said. 

Yesterday, a government bill to provide grants of up to €420,000 to homeowners to repair houses damaged by mica was signed into law.

The redress scheme has been extended to cover homes impacted in Limerick and Clare.

It is estimated the scheme will cost €2.7bn, covering some 7,000 homes. 

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