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Clare redress access ‘premature’


DEPUTY Joe Carey has been told that a decision to extend a redress scheme to Clare homeowners affected by pyrite is “premature” until a full report on the extent of the problem has been compiled, writes Fiona McGarry.
The Fine Gael TD tabled a questions to the Minister for Housing asking him to report on work to incorporate Clare in the defective concrete block scheme and whether homeowners will be eligible for 100% of the costs.
Responding, Minister Darragh O’Brien outlined how Clare County Council is compiling a report on the extent of the problem in this county.
“Such analysis will provide the evidential basis necessary for the consideration of any extension of the scheme,” he said.
“Pending the receipt of and consideration of such analysis it would be premature to consider an extension of the scheme,” the minister added.
In respect of the existing scheme which only covers Mayo and Donegal, Minister O’Brien said he expects a review being undertaken by the working group to be completed by July 31.
The Fianna Fail minister added that this review “will inform any changes or improvements to the scheme as may be required, which I will bring forward after consultation with the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and the Attorney General”.

About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

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