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‘We’re getting nowhere’ – How red tape has left mica-hit Donegal homeowners in limbo

As officials row over a technical issue, residents have to live in crumbling houses threatening collapse at any moment

Sharon Moss outside her home in Letterkenny, Donegal. Picture: Joe Dunne

Last Christmas, Sharon Moss and her family packed up their bags and moved to a rented holiday house for the festive period, lodging in a village less than half an hour’s drive from their home.

It was an expensive decision for the Mosses, but a worthwhile one – it gave them a break from the mica-riddled property they live in for the other 51 weeks of the year.

“It meant we could all sit in ...