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Anna Friel as Keira Devlin, in 'Marcella'

Anna Friel as Keira Devlin, in 'Marcella'

Anna Friel as Keira Devlin, in 'Marcella'

Actress Anna Friel has said that she is standing in solidarity with homeowners affected by the mica and pyrite scandal.

Pyrite contamination has now been detected across properties in Ballina, Foxford, Crossmolina, Killala, Castlebar and Westport, as well as in Enniscrone, in Co. Sligo.

The majority of the impacted properties are understood to have been constructed between 2000 and 2006 and in most instances the contaminated materials appear to have been sourced from the one supplier.

The Marcella actress, whose father was born in Belfast and raised in Donegal, took to Twitter to show her support for residents in Donegal and Mayo whose homes are crumbling due to contamination.

She wrote: “Supporting Donegal and Mayo home owners effected by mica & pyrite.”

Many of Anna’s followers thanked her for encouraging them, with one user replying: “Thanks @annafriel your support is much appreciated by those of us living in crumbling homes, nightmare. Fighting for 100% #micaredress.”

Another said: “Thank you so so much Anna for highlighting our plight! You are a star through and through. A million thanks to you. You don't know what it means to have your support and spread the word. #micaredress #donegal #mayo #15June.”

The International Emmy Award winner’s message of support comes after a number of Mayo families affected by pyrite contamination in their homes accused the Government of treating them like second-class citizens.

Unlike residents in Dublin, where 100pc of the cost of repairs was met by a Government-funded scheme, residents in Mayo are being told only 90pc of their costs will be met.

Residents in Mayo have formed a pyrite action group and are now pooling their resources in calling for an overhaul of the scheme with residents in Donegal whose properties have been similarly affected by mica contamination.

“All we're asking for is a bit of fairness,” said father-of-two Denis O'Boyle, whose home in Kilfian is crumbling before him.

“We want the same treatment and scheme that people affected in Dublin and on the East coast were given... It's not on for the Government to treat us as second-class citizens.”

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