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Monday 20 August 2018

Blow for tenants as tests uncover pyrite in homes

REPAIRS: Now floors may have to be dug up

PYRITE has been discovered in yet another Dublin housing estate, Fingal County Council has confirmed.

The council said the faulty building material was found in local authority homes in Dromheath, Dublin 15.

"Following investigative works commissioned by the council, the presence of pyrite in the social housing units at Dromheath Avenue extension has been confirmed," a report stated.

"The tenants of the dwellings were advised in writing of the position on the 27th January, 2011 and regular contact will be maintained with the tenants regarding the issue."

The council said it was "holding discussions with the building contractor in order to address this problem".

Speaking to the Herald last August, Fingal representative Ruth Coppinger voiced her concerns that the homes may contain pyrite.

Ms Coppinger said the houses affected were in the newer part of the development, which was built as an infill project in the past five or six years.

The Mulhuddart councillor believes a national scheme needs to be set up to help people if it turns out that structural defect insurer HomeBond cannot cover them.

In a motion to Fingal officials, Ms Coppinger had asked the council to outline the extent of the pyrite problem in Castlecurragh and Dromheath, both in Dublin 15.

She also wanted to know how the local authority proposed "to deal with this problem for its tenants" and how residents could get redress.

Pyrite is a commonly occurring mineral rock, the presence of which may give rise to swelling in concrete.

Remedial work to fix damaged houses involves digging up floors, removing the stone infill and replacing it with pyrite-free infill.

comurphy@herald.ie

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