Mayo homeowners who have had their properties ravaged by pyrite have ‘gone through hell’.
Westport councillor Brendan Mulroy made the comment at a meeting of Mayo County Council’s Housing SPC.
“Where they are now is 100% better than where they were this time last year,” he added.
Details of the remedial scheme available to householders whose homes have been damaged by pyrite in the blockwork were outlined at the meeting. An estimated 350 Mayo homes, primarily in North Mayo, have been affected.
The maximum grant available under the defective concrete blocks scheme is €275,000, or 90% of the cost of the works.
The grant only applies to a principal place of residence and does not cover the costs of alternative accommodation for a homeowner who has to leave the property while work is carried out.
“It’s a fantastic if overdue start in getting these poor people sorted out,” said Fine Gael councillor Neil Cruise.
“It (the scheme) may not go all of the way for people but I think it does a lot of the way,” the Foxford councillor added.
The meeting heard that as a result of what has occurred in Mayo and elsewhere all blocks must now have a pyrite-free certificate before being delivered to sites.