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Thousands of mica protestors gather for a rally in Dublin city centre. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Thousands of mica protestors gather for a rally in Dublin city centre. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Thousands of mica protestors gather for a rally in Dublin city centre. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Mica and pyrite action groups from five counties have joined together to form a new political party with the intention of running candidates in the next local and general elections.

In a statement released this afternoon, the groups said they have formed the party to “fight for justice for victims of defective housing all over Ireland”. 

It comes as last week, a joint statement from the Donegal Mica Action Group, Mayo Pyrite Action Group, Clare Pyrite Action Group, Limerick Pyrite Action Group and Sligo Pyrite Action Group was read into the record at Dáil Éireann.

The groups said that shared-statement outlined the “crystal-clear position of affected homeowners” towards the Government’s planned redress scheme.

"An outright rejection of the proposed Defective Concrete Block Scheme unless amendments were approved, a condemnation of the irresponsible and unnecessarily rushed legislative process designed to crush debate, and an outline of the contemptuous treatment of affected homeowners from this Government and its officials,” the groups said.

Yesterday the action groups registered their intentions with the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties at Leinster House to establish a political party.

"Affected homeowners, with their lives devastated by this scandalous injustice, have pleaded with their local Government TDs for parliamentary support. It is clear, however, that those with the clout to help refuse to do so and are indifferent to the fate of their distressed constituents,” the groups said this afternoon.

"Government ministers’ and TDs’ words and pledges on this crisis are revealed as empty platitudes. The events of the last week, in particular, have exposed the Government TDs true colours and loyalties - and it is not to their people. 

“It is our intention to run candidates in all affected counties in the local and national elections. Four counties are now on the Defective Concrete Block Scheme. However, we know based on our research, this problem is manifesting in 13 counties so far.

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"We will be making contact with victims in these other affected counties to establish action groups and asking each group to work under the umbrella of this new political party. We will also be making contact with campaigners who are fighting in our cities for remediation of thousands of defective apartments and town houses.

“We will now mobilise our campaign towards running candidates in each of the 13 affected counties and major cities and we are confident, we will succeed.

"Now is the time for all those who are suffering as a result of ineffective Government ‘light-touch’ regulation and corporate neglect to come together to demand justice, and for our homes, properties and lives to be restored.”

The statement also accused politicians in the affected counties of putting “their party before their people”.

"We have exhausted all avenues to work with local and national government to no avail. We afforded the Government every opportunity to work with us to fix this scheme, it is now clear we must take the necessary steps to fix this ourselves,” the statement added. 

Thousands of homes across the country are crumbling due to mica, a mineral which turns concrete blocks sponge-like, and the Government recently signed off on a €2.7bn repair scheme with a cap of €420,000 per home.

 


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