No affordable home being constructed, or even currently planned, in Clare under Local Authority Affordable Purchase Scheme.
In the budget, the Government is introducing a levy on all concrete products, which will be passed on to those already struggling to build a home. The Government failed to recoup any of the cost of the mica redress from the quarry owners who caused the problem. It didn’t even try.
Quarries that made huge profits from selling defective concrete blocks will be let off the hook by the Government today. A law will be rammed through by Government party TDs transferring the remedial cost to taxpayers, without even considering amendments that will ensure those quarries that provided defective blocks are pursued.
The priorities are, firstly, that crumbling homes are fully remedied and, secondly, that taxpayers are not be left footing all the cost. This Government Bill does neither. It should ensure those who made defective concrete blocks for profit are legally pursued.