Mica Action Group public
THE Mica Action Group (MAG)
are running a public information event in the
Clanree Hotel, Letterkenny on Tuesday, February 18,
This follows the announcement last week that the
redress scheme for Mica affected homeowners has now
finally been rubber stamped by government.
MAG is a group of homeowners who formed a lobby
group in 2014. Each of their own homes were built
using defective blocks. The key objective of the
group was getting government redress to enable them
to repair their homes.
Ann Owens Chair of MAG said: “Affected homeowners
have been waiting long and hard for this scheme to
be signed off by government. Now that it has been
signed off and we await it opening by Donegal County
Council, there are steps that homeowners can be
taking now to ensure they are ready when the
application process opens.
“Damien Mc Kay, Consulting Engineer will speak at
the event and tell homeowners what they need to do
next. There will also be a spokesperson from Donegal
County Council giving us an update on where they are
with the scheme and when it is likely to be ready to
“We are therefore inviting all affected homeowners
to come along to this event to find out more
information and to get answers to their questions."
These photographs of defective Mica
blocks, from an Inishowen homeowner, show
significant deterioration in only one year.
Joe Morgan from MAG also said: “MAG have also been
engaging with key lenders and financial services
across the county over the last number of months in
an effort to seek help for families (with or without
mortgages), who may need to seek financial support
from their bank to raise this 10% scheme
contribution. As a consequence, a number of these
lenders as well as Money Advice and Budgeting
Service (MABS) have also kindly agreed to attend and
to advise families on the type of supports that may
be able available to them.
“It is important to note that each family will need
to seek a follow-up meeting with their respective
lender after the event as each family’s
circumstances will be different. However, this event
will help families understand what type of supports
may be available and how to start this process.
“MAG is committed to ensuring that this scheme is as
accessible to all families. We have put
recommendations to these lenders and look forward to
hearing what they have to say on the night.
“We anticipate a huge turnout at this event as
people have been contacting us with lots of
questions and asking for clarity on the next steps.
As such, we are advising people to arrive early to
ensure ease of parking and seating."