TDs to hold hearings on mica scheme as new bill to bypass regular scrutiny

Housing committee will hold public meetings next week but has agreed to the government’s request to waive pre-legislative scrutiny of the defective blocks bill

A mica-damaged home outside Newtown Cunningham in Co Donegal. Picture: Joe Dunne. Picture: Joe Dunne

Politicians will next week hold an intensive series of hearings as part of a one-day interrogation of the new defective blocks bill, which will bypass the normal process of pre-legislative scrutiny.

It’s understood that members of the Oireachtas housing committee today agreed to a proposal by Darragh O’Brien, the Housing Minister, to waive pre-legislative scrutiny of the €2.7 billion scheme.

The committee had yesterday proposed a plan to hold three two-hour meetings next Thursday instead ...