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crumbling concrete Thousands of Donegal homeowners to descend on Dublin over handling of Mica scandal

Last weekend more than 10,000 people marched in Buncrana and Letterkenny demanding the Government pay the full cost of repairs

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Protesters marching last Saturday. Photo: NW Newspix

Protesters marching last Saturday. Photo: NW Newspix

Protesters marching last Saturday. Photo: NW Newspix

Thousands of angry homeowners from across Co Donegal whose houses are crumbling because of faulty building blocks are to take their protest to Dublin.

Victims of the Mica scandal have been left with huge repair bills after cracks began to appear in their dream homes in recent years.

Many families have been forced to leave their homes already because of the crumbling concrete blocks.

The Government did agree to set up a redress scheme to pay for up to 90% of the cost of repairing homes.

But many families cannot pay the estimated €5,000 to get onto the scheme.

Last weekend more than 10,000 people marched in Buncrana and Letterkenny demanding the Government pay the full cost of repairs.

Now the group are planning to march on Dáil Éireann in a bid to make politicians sit up and take notice of their plight.

Spokesperson for the protest group, Paddy Diver, said thousands will take to the streets of Dublin to have their voices heard.

“We will leave our children here with neighbours and friends and we will travel to Dublin in our thousands to make out voices heard.

“It’s the only thing the Government will listen to. We need one hundred per cent redress on this scheme, nothing less.

“The Government has to see how we have been left and how many families have been destroyed already by this.

“This is one of the biggest scandals ever to hit the country and people have to be compensated for it,” he said.

The victims have received the full support of local TDs including Joe McHugh and Padraig Mac Lochlainn who spoke in the Dáil about the scandal this week.

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Deputy McHugh said the scheme to fix houses is simply not working.

“If something is not working, the will has to be there to fix it. There is a strong grassroots campaign which continues to gather momentum and it is imperative that this same momentum is reflected at a Government level.

“The scheme needs to be reviewed and examined immediately – it needs to be looked at on the basis of accessibility; accessibility is not there at the minute and this is a massive concern.

“The people and families affected here are living the ultimate nightmare, the fear of houses falling down is very real and very serious, and we need to deal with this as speedily as possible.”

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