Fine Gael TD for Dublin North, Alan Farrell, has today (Monday) urged the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, to publish the Pyrite Panel’s report as a matter of urgency, as more and more homes in Dublin are testing positive for the material.
“As the number of houses testing positive increases, such as today’s discoveries in housing estates in Ballymun, it is imperative that the Government publish its findings and recommendations to allow homeowners to review their options and take action as soon as possible.
“The Pyrite Panel has undergone a vast amount of research and investigation in order to get to a point where the report is ready to be published. I am confident that its findings will reflect the needs of those without recourse, as well as protecting the taxpayer where possible.
“However, at this stage there are many homeowners who have been in limbo awaiting the recommendations of the Pyrite Panel and I believe that sufficient time has passed for them to make their conclusions. For this reason, I am calling on Minister Hogan to ensure that the report be published in the coming days, particularly before the Dáil rises for the summer.
“As the owner of a house with pyritic backfill, I am acutely aware of the dramatic impact that this issue has on homeowners. I have been contacted by numerous home owners who are experiencing serious defects within their homes and are anxious to take necessary action.
“I intend to raise this issue in the Dáil with the Minister for the Environment to ensure that this is prioritised before the Dáil goes into recess.”