Mica engineers can’t get insurance cover for work on €3bn redress scheme

Engineers warn of reluctance to assess damaged houses because insurers won’t offer professional indemnity when mica or pyrite are involved

An enhanced version of the mica redress scheme is now operational. Picture: Getty

Insurers are refusing to offer guarantees to engineers working on the state’s €3 billion mica redress scheme, meaning many are reluctant to work for homeowners impacted by defective blockwork.

Engineers Ireland has warned that engineers who are approved to assess houses under the defective blocks grant scheme are struggling to get professional indemnity insurance, without which they cannot practise.

As a result, the group has said there is a considerable “reluctance” among its members to ...