Faulty blocks scheme ‘inflexible, cynical, illogical and blinkered’, mica campaigners claim

Homeowners told the housing committee the scheme will in reality be closer to an 80 per cent grant than the 100 per cent redress promised by the government

The Donegal-based Mica Action Group said it had found 35 problems with the general scheme of the bill. Picture: Joe Dunne

Donegal mica homeowners today accused the Department of Housing of attempting to “exercise coercive control” over campaigners during negotiations on the state’s enhanced defective blocks scheme.

The Oireachtas housing committee holding about six hours of hearings with homeowners, government officials and experts as part of a partial process of scrutiny of a new bill on the issue.

In a strongly worded submission to the committee, seen in advance by the Business Post, Donegal’s Mica Action ...