‘Nobody begrudges them this victory’ – how the state changed tack on Donegal’s worst mica homes

After weeks of calls from homeowners and councillors, the Department of Housing last week finally intervened to help the mica families worst hit by defective blocks. Here’s how it happened

Joanne McLaughlin: the Donegal homeowner was one of those who spoke to the Business Post for an article which highlighted the plight of the families worst impacted by defective blocks. Picture: Clive Wasson

It was just before 8.30pm on December 8 when Paddy Diver’s face appeared, regular as clockwork, on the Facebook page of a Donegal mica campaign group. But this time it was immediately clear that something was different.

Diver, the campaign’s most recognisable face, has posted hundreds, if not thousands, of videos on social media in the two years he has been involved in the campaign for a fair redress scheme. You could count on two ...