‘Unlikely’ defective block package will be in budget 2022

Leaked government documents relating to a Working Group Report on mica grants scheme ‘went down like the Titanic in Donegal’ according to a local TD.

Minister for Foreign Affairs Simon Coveney says ‘it’s unlikely’ any support scheme for those impacted by mica and pyrite will be in the budget.

Responding to queries from Independent Donegal TD Thomas Pringle in the Dail yesterday, Minister Coveny said the package is ‘probably a few weeks away yet’.

He went on to say that it ‘will be one of the largest financial support packages ever announced in respect of anything’.

Deputy Pringle said this is another ‘disingenuous can kicking exercise’ by the government.

Deputy Pringle was reprimanded by the Ceann Comhairle for his ‘unparliamentary language’.

Minister Coveney acknowledged the ‘anger and frustration’ that families are facing as their homes ‘literally crumble around them.’

Meanwhile, Housing Minister Darragh O Brien says nothing is off the table as a revision of the Mica redress scheme continues.

He was responding to Donegal Senator Niall Blaney who questioned that Minister on what changes will be made to the redress scheme.

Minister O’Brien says he expects a memo will be brought to Cabinet in the coming weeks.