Offaly Independent

Published: Tuesday, 10th December, 2013 1:50pm

Pyrite Resolution Bill to come before Oireachtas within week

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The government has today (Tuesday) approved the publication of the Pyrite Resolution Bill and the early enactment of the legislation.

Speaking today the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government Phil Hogan said he will bring the Bill to the Oireachtas in the next week, and he intends it to 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,” he added.

The government approved the drafting of a Pyrite Resolution Bill to provide for the operation of a pyrite remediation scheme to be financed from Exchequer funds in October.

The government has approved €10m initial funding to kick start the scheme, with additional funding to be allocated over the next two years.

“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,” Minister Hogan said today.

“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.”

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