Pyrite Legislation to be finalised before the end of the year

The Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, Phil Hogan, T.D., has (10 December, 2013) announced that the Government has approved the publication of the Pyrite Resolution Bill, 2013 and the early enactment of the legislation.

The Minister said “Further to Government Decision of 15 October 2013 which approved the drafting of a Bill to provide for the operation of a pyrite remediation scheme to be financed from Exchequer funds, I am pleased to announce that the Government has today approved the publication of the Pyrite Resolution Bill.”

The Minister added “The Government has previously approved €10 million initial funding to kick start the scheme, with additional funding to be allocated over the next two years.”

The Minister said, “I will be bringing the Bill to the Oireachtas in the next week and it is my intention that it will pass all stages before the Christmas recess. This will enable the Pyrite Resolution Board to begin taking applications as quickly as possible and more importantly that remediation works will commence as early as possible in the New Year”.

The Minister concluded: “I am keenly aware of the long wait that many affected homeowners have had to endure in waiting for solutions to the pyrite problems in their homes. It has not been an easy time for those people and I understand how stressful such situations can be but today’s Government Decision represents another important milestone on the road to providing solutions for homeowners and to put an end to the long wait. An end is now in sight for homeowners and I know that the Pyrite Resolution Board is as anxious as I am that the remediation works will commence at the earliest possible date.”