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Saturday 19 April 2014

Wide support for pyrite-affected homes to be exempt from charge

COUNCILLORS on Fingal County Council have called on the Government to give an exemption for the household charge to home owners affected by pyrite.

The call came from the Mayor of Fingal Cian O'Callaghan, who proposed a motion to that effect at this month's meeting of the full council. The motion was agreed by his fellow councillors. Cllr. Ciaran Byrne (Lab) said he had no difficulty with the motion but said it would be responsible to find out the scope of the problem first and estimate the cost of such a measure. Cllr. Tom Kelleher (Lab) also wondered about the practicalities of the measure but backed it in principle. Cllr. Ken Farrell (Lab) said there was no difficulty with the motion and said it was ' common sense' that those affected by pyrite should not have to pay a household charge. Cllr. Anthony Lavin (FG) and Cllr. Anne Devitt (NP) both supported the motion and Cllr. Devitt said that the 'spirit of it is absolutely correct'. Cllr. May McKeon supported the motion too but said it may be a very expensive exercise and required establishing a database for 'exactly who has pyrite'. Cllr. Ruth Coppinger (SP) said she did not understand why the Government had delayed in bringing the measure in. Mayor of Fingal Cian O'Callaghan (Lab), who proposed the motion, said the Government had shown interest in doing this but had not yet done it and it was worth making the call. He said it would be good for the home owner and would help establish accurate numbers as to the homes affected by pyrite.

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