KILDARE North TD, Catherine Murphy, has called on the Minister for the Environment to immediately publish the long-awaited report into pyrite contamination in private homes, writes Henry Bauress.
Deputy Murphy stressed that the first priority for the Government is to adequately assist people who have already been identified as having severely pyrite-damaged homes, and to do so within a set time frame. “As a basic first step, we should be concerned with making adequate provision for the 850 or so homes identified already as having severe structural problems due to the presence of pyrite.
She said the report must be published immediately and must contain specific measures which will be able to deliver this relief quickly.
“Homeowners have clearly been totally failed in many cases by reckless developers, although some other developers have behaved quite responsibly,” she said.
And she added, “Some insurance companies which provided insufficient structural deficit cover, and any quarries who supplied the original defective raw materials must also ultimately share some of the responsibility.”
But Deputy Murphy said getting caught in a protracted dispute over culpability at this stage will only serve to punish the affected homeowners further.
Relief measures must be speedily arranged and delivered to those worst affected.”