Pyrite and MICA emerging as a growing problem in Sligo houses

A Sligo/Leitrim TD says the Housing Minister will have no option but to extend a redress scheme for pyrite and MICA affected houses to SLigo and other counties where it is needed.

Independent Marian Harkin was speaking after the first meeting took place this week in Castleconnor, in west Sligo, of the Sligo Pyrite Action Group.

She says that in order for Sligo County Council to identify and quantify the problem, householders will have to come forward.

But she acknwledged that inspections and investigations are expensive, adding that she had written to the Minister asking that an expert group or panel be set up to carry out these investigations.

She said preliminary inspections, at least, should be free of charge.

Sligo Independent Councillor Marie Casserly says Sligo County Council is dealing with this issue.

She also said it’s important to get correct information about pyrite.

This week the first of what is expected to be a number of Sligo Action Group meetings throughout the county took place earlier this week in Castleconnor.

Among those in attendance were Sligo/Leitrim TDs Marc MacSharry and Marian Harkin, as well as councillors Joe Queenan, Michael Clarke, Cllr Casserly, Thomas Healy and council cathaoirleach Paul Taylor.

Action Group Chairperson is Stephen Rutledge — his home is among those affected