Minister Visits Rush To Review Pyrite Scheme

Rush PyriteDeputy Alan Farrell explains to Minister for Housing, Paudi Coffey about the progress of the Pyrite Remediation Scheme, when he visited Ravenswell estate in Rush. Looking on is local man and Minister for Children, Dr James Reilly

Local TD, Alan Farrell (FG) welcomed Minister of State with responsibility for Housing, Paudie Coffey to Ravenswell Estate in Rush last Friday to review, first hand, the progress of works being carried out under the pyrite remediation scheme. Minister for Children, Dr James Reilly, who lives nearby was also present.
Farrell, who has been instrumental in ensuring the Pyrite Remediation Scheme was set up, told the County Leader, “I am pleased that Minister Coffey accepted my request to visit Ravenswell Estate in Rush, to review the work being carried out under the pyrite remediation scheme. I have previously called on Minister Coffey to examine the possibility of expanding the pyrite remediation scheme, and to tackle the issue of pyrite affected homeowners being refused home insurance.” “I am delighted that the Minister is fully engaging with the pyrite issue and that he has taken the time to review the progress of the remediation works in Ravenswell first hand,” he said. “I am glad that remediation works have started under the scheme, in the North County. As a homeowner whose own home was affected by pyrite, I will continue to campaign on this issue until a resolution is found to assist all homeowners who have been impacted by pyrite.
“With the North County being among the areas most acutely impacted by the presence of pyrite in homes, I am pleased that remediation works are underway and that the homeowners most affected by pyritic heave will have this issue resolved,” said Farrell. Speaking to the County Leader, Minister Coffey said: “I was pleased to visit North County Dublin to view an estate that was affected by Pyrite, to see at first hand the difficulties many homeowners have experienced and to get an update on the ground of how effectively the pyrite scheme is working. I will continue to work with all stakeholders to ensure that the Pyrite Remediation Scheme is effective and deals with legacy issues that developed during the Celtic Tiger years.” said the Minister.
Deputy Farrell concluded by saying, “It is great to see these works underway in the North County. However the issue remains that many homeowners are not currently eligible to have remediation works carried out until either the developer who built their house accepts responsibility and endeavours to complete the necessary works, or ceases doing business. I will continue to actively engage with Minister Coffey and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government in relation to this,” he said. As of 31st March this year, there are 357 applications for the Pyrite Remediation Scheme here in the North County. These include: Balbriggan (119), Lusk (98), Donabate (64), Rush (61), Kinsealy (8), Swords (2). Ballyboughal (2) and one each from Malahide, Oldtown and Portmarnock.