Friday, April 03, 2020

A home in Belmullet that has been ravaged by pyrite.

The long-planned Defective Concrete Blocks Scheme geared at property owners impacted by pyrite damage could soon be ready for rollout in Mayo within weeks.
Tom Gilligan, director of services for Mayo County Council, told the Western People that discussions are ongoing between the local authority and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government on the finalisation of the scheme which will be of assistance to the estimated 345 property-owners in the county whose dwellings have been structurally undermined by pyrite.
The scheme will provide grant assistance to such owners to remediate the damage caused to their homes.
Qualifying applicants will have a choice of five funding options, depending on the extent of required remediation.
Each option provides for a maximum grant of 90 percent of the approved costs. The most basic allows for up to €49,500 towards the demolition and rebuilding of the outer leaf of affected walls only and re-rendering, while the most comprehensive option would allow for a maximum grant of €247,500 towards demolishing an entire house to foundation level, and rebuilding.
A total fund of €20m has been allocated for distribution to affected homes — the majority of which are in Mayo and Donegal — under the scheme this year.

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