Friday 19 January 2018

Pyrite plan extended after new discovery

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

THE pyrite remediation scheme has been extended to two more local authorities after the mineral was discovered in homes in two estates. Almost 20 properties have been identified in developments in Dún Laoghaire and south Dublin which will require work to make them safe.

Pyrite, known as fool's gold, is a mineral which can contract and cause structural damage to properties. A scheme to address issues was launched in October 2013, and it is believed that at least 1,000 properties need urgent works to make them structurally sound.

The scheme originally applied to the administrative areas of Dublin City, Fingal, Kildare, Meath and Offaly county councils, but will now be extended. Since the scheme began accepting applications in February last year, some 630 homeowners have sought funding. A total of 485 applications have been validated, with some 300 approved for inclusion in the scheme.

It is expected that problems in most homes will be addressed over the next two years.

Irish Independent

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