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Pyrite report needed before LPT exemption

A DECISION on exempting homes with defective concrete blocks from Local Property Tax (LPT) will not be made until the local authority submits a report on the scale of the issue to the Department of Housing.
The matter was raised at the local authority meeting by Councillor Donna McGettigan. On foot of her request to discuss an exemption, which central government is giving to homeowners in Donegal and Mayo, where a redress scheme for those affected by pyrite and mica is in place, an update was provided on the situation in Clare.
“As everyone knows we passed four motions on this issue at our meeting last October,” Cathaoirleach Councillor PJ Ryan said.
“Work is ongoing to have Clare added to the counties eligible to access the Defective Concrete Blocks Grant Scheme. Testing and sampling is now complete and a grant provided by Clare County Council for this.
“Over the coming weeks, the council will report to the Department and that will be the basis for a decision on Clare’s inclusion in the scheme. The council will seek the same exemption from the LPT as part of its submission to the Department.”

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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