489. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the legal advice he has received in relation to the basis of the Pyrite board’s narrow interpretation of section 15(3) of the Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 (details supplied). (Question 20123/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 489 and 490 together.
The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides the statutory framework for the establishment of the Pyrite Resolution Board, and for the making of a pyrite remediation scheme to be implemented by the Board with support from the Housing Agency. The pyrite remediation scheme is a scheme of “last resort” and is limited in its application and scope. ...

490. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to improve the pyrite remediation scheme in view of documented shortcomings. (Question 20124/18 asked on 08 May 2018 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 489 and 490 together.
The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides the statutory framework for the establishment of the Pyrite Resolution Board, and for the making of a pyrite remediation scheme to be implemented by the Board with support from the Housing Agency. The pyrite remediation scheme is a scheme of “last resort” and is limited in its application and scope. ...

236. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government the number of applications under the pyrite remediation scheme which have been accepted for inclusion under section 17 of the Pyrite Resolution Act 2013. (Question 18429/18 asked on 26 Apr 2018 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides the statutory framework for the establishment of the Pyrite Resolution Board and for the making of a pyrite remediation scheme to be implemented by the Board with support from the Housing Agency. The pyrite remediation scheme is a scheme of “last resort” for affected homeowners who have no other practical option to obtain redress and is limited in its app...

1027. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if his attention has been drawn to the fact that a contractor engaged by the Housing Agency to provide samples of underfloor fill for tests to prove heave inducing pyrite is not sampling in accordance with the sampling procedures (details supplied); and his plans to address this issue. (Question 12135/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides the statutory framework for the establishment of the Pyrite Resolution Board and for the making of a pyrite remediation scheme to be implemented by the Board with support from the Housing Agency. The pyrite remediation scheme is a scheme of “last resort” and is limited in its application and scope. The full conditions for eligibility under the scheme ar...

1734. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if he will request the pyrite board to increase the allowances for accommodation costs during remediation in view of the substantial rise in rents since the scheme was introduced. (Question 54807/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides the statutory framework for the Pyrite Remediation Scheme and while the Act provides that the scheme can be amended, replaced or revoked, this can only be done in accordance with the scope of the Act.  In this regard, any proposal to revise the pyrite remediation scheme is ultimately a matter for the Pyrite Resolution Board and would require detailed cons...

30. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his plans to resolve the difficulties brought to his attention regrading the manner in which in-fill testing is being conducted by a company (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52265/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides the statutory framework for the Pyrite Remediation Scheme. The Pyrite Resolution Board, with the support of the Housing Agency, is responsible for the implementation of the pyrite remediation scheme.  
In accordance with the provisions of the Act, the Board is independent in the performance of its functions, and as Minister, I have no role in the operati...

276. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government his views on whether the likely explanation for the failure to find pyrite in the underfloor fill in housing estates in which damage from pyrite has been proven is the failure of a sampling procedure (details supplied) to comply with the requirements of IS 398 (2013) (details supplied). (Question 45128/17 asked on 25 Oct 2017 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 276 and 277 together.
The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides the statutory framework for the Pyrite Remediation Scheme. The Pyrite Resolution Board, with the support of the Housing Agency, is responsible for the implementation of the pyrite remediation scheme. 
In accordance with the provisions of the Act, the Board is independent in the performance of its fu...

277. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government if houses rated DCR 2 by professionals on the pyrite assessors register and with damage audited by the Housing Agency without challenge to BCA rating DCR 2 will be sampled in accordance with IS 398 (2017) at the location of maximum heave (details supplied). (Question 45129/17 asked on 25 Oct 2017 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 276 and 277 together.
The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides the statutory framework for the Pyrite Remediation Scheme. The Pyrite Resolution Board, with the support of the Housing Agency, is responsible for the implementation of the pyrite remediation scheme. 
In accordance with the provisions of the Act, the Board is independent in the performance of its fu...

1642. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his plans to increase the amount payable for rent and storage to persons under the pyrite remediation scheme in view of the fact that rental prices have increased sharply since the scheme was initiated without a corresponding increase in allowances. (Question 35642/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Expenditure)

Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Eoghan Murphy): The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides the statutory framework for the Pyrite Remediation Scheme and while the Act provides that the scheme can be amended, replaced or revoked, this can only be done in accordance with the scope of the Act.  In this regard, any proposal to revise the pyrite remediation scheme is ultimately a matter for the Pyrite Resolution Board and would require detailed consideration of the...

106. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he will initiate a legal or insurance investigation into the repudiation by a company (details supplied) of its liability for houses covered by an agreement which were affected by pyrite. (Question 26481/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 106 and 107 together.
Policy responsibility in relation to insurance is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Finance, with the insurance sector being subject to regulation by the Central Bank of Ireland.
The company referred to by the Deputy is a private limited company providing structural guarantees for new houses and is regulated by the Centra...

107. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the steps he can take to investigate a surplus of €25 million in the pre 2008 accounts of a company (details supplied) which could be sequestered to fund pyrite remediation in view of its repudiation of liability for same. (Question 26482/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 106 and 107 together.
Policy responsibility in relation to insurance is a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Finance, with the insurance sector being subject to regulation by the Central Bank of Ireland.
The company referred to by the Deputy is a private limited company providing structural guarantees for new houses and is regulated by the Centra...

232. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of properties remediated under the pyrite remediation scheme; the numbers refused; the numbers approved and awaiting remediation; and the number with a DCR of 2, 1 with progression and 1 in each of the categories. (Question 25565/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides for the making of a pyrite remediation scheme by the Pyrite Resolution Board for certain dwellings affected by significant pyrite damage. The pyrite remediation scheme is a scheme of “last resort” and is limited in its application and scope. The full conditions for eligibility under the scheme are set out in the scheme, which is available on ...

12. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he will request the pyrite board to initiate a review of the pyrite remediation scheme with particular reference to an assessment of the way in which the certification process can be made more efficient in order that properties which have pyrite but low levels of damage can be promptly issued with a green certificate. (Question 24987/17 asked on 25 May 2017 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Deputy Clare Daly: I again ask the Minister where we are in terms of an urgent review of the pyrite remediation scheme. As he well knows, currently it is not fit for purpose. It is particularly not fit for purpose for those stuck in the middle, that is, whose properties are damaged but not damaged enough to be remediated. They cannot get a green certificate showing that they are pyrite-free because of the mechanism involved. Therefore, they cannot sell, renovate or move on with their lives. ...

43. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his plans to bring forward legislation to amend the Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 in order that the remediation scheme would be based on the presence of pyrite rather than significant damage. (Question 16805/17 asked on 06 Apr 2017 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): The Pyrite Resolution Board, with the support of the Housing Agency, is responsible for the implementation of the pyrite remediation scheme.  The pyrite remediation scheme is a scheme of “last resort” and is limited in its application and scope.  The full conditions for eligibility under the scheme are set out in the scheme which is available on the Board’s website, www.pyriteboard.i...

53. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of cases approved for pyrite remediation under the exceptional circumstances provision in the Pyrite Resolution Act 2013; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16804/17 asked on 06 Apr 2017 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): The Pyrite Resolution Board, with the support of the Housing Agency, is responsible for the implementation of the pyrite remediation scheme.  The pyrite remediation scheme is a scheme of last resort and is limited in its application and scope.  The full conditions for eligibility under the scheme are set out in the scheme which is available on the Board’s website, www.pyriteboard.ie....

249. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his views regarding the range of flexibility afforded within the operation of the pyrite remediation scheme in relation to adding on properties to be remediated as part of particular phases, in the interests of co-ordinated development and securing economies of scale (details supplied). (Question 2810/17 asked on 24 Jan 2017 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): The Pyrite Resolution Board, with the support of the Housing Agency, is responsible for the implementation of the pyrite remediation scheme. In accordance with the provisions of the Act, the Board is independent in the performance of its functions, and as Minister, I have no role in the operational matters pertaining to the implementation of the scheme. The Board may be contacted ...

8. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government his plans to amend the pyrite remediation scheme; if he is satisfied sufficient funding is available to ensure all homeowners whose properties have been damaged by pyrite can have their properties remediated and-or certified as pyrite free; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2021/17 asked on 19 Jan 2017 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Deputy Clare Daly: This question is on the pyrite remediation scheme and whether the Minister is satisfied the scheme has sufficient funding and structure to ensure all homeowners affected by pyrite have a remedy of having their property remediated or, in the instance of this not happening, obtaining a green certificate because sadly, the reality on the ground is the scheme is deficient. Has the Minister noted this and does he have plans to change it? Is he happy there is enough money to deal ...

188. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question No. 28 of 17 November 2016, if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the pyrite report specifically recommended prioritising properties with a damage condition rating of one with progression and two when combined with certain infill test results and not as is consistently stated, that the scheme provides for only properties with a damage condition rating of two and one with progression in exceptional circumstances; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38436/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): One of the key recommendations of the Report of the Pyrite Panel (June 2012) was the development of a protocol which would facilitate the testing and categorisation of dwellings in order to establish if there is reactive pyrite in sub-floor hardcore material and whether it has caused pyritic heave. In response to this particular recommendation, I.S. 398-1:2013 - Reactive pyrite in s...

211. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of properties which have received a damage condition rating of one and those that have received a damage condition rating of two per estate; the number of applications which have been accepted onto the scheme, remediated, and approved for remediation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38822/16 asked on 06 Dec 2016 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation (Deputy Damien English): The latest figures available from the Pyrite Resolution Board indicate that 1,4 58 applications have been received under the pyrite remediation scheme, of which 1,077 have been approved for inclusion in the scheme as follows: - 
- 275 are at remedial works planning stage, 
- 44 are at tender / tender analysis, 
 - 35 are at tender decision, 
- 211 are under remediation, and 
- 512 are com...

166. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the number of certificates which have been issued to home owners indicating that their properties are pyrite free, having completed the remediation scheme and being deemed to not require remediation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 38087/16 asked on 01 Dec 2016 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Damien English) (Deputy Damien English): The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides the statutory framework for the establishment of the Pyrite Resolution Board and for the making of a pyrite remediation scheme to be implemented by the Board with support from the Housing Agency. The pyrite remediation scheme is a remedial works scheme of “last resort” and is limited in its application and scope to dwe...

261. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he will instruct the Pyrite Resolution Board to amend the pyrite remediation scheme to make available expenses for storage and accommodation in advance of homeowners moving out for the remediation period, to facilitate organising deposits and up-front payments without having to apply for a social protection payment or put themselves through unnecessary hardship. (Question 36115/16 asked on 22 Nov 2016 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): The Pyrite Resolution Board, with the support of the Housing Agency, is responsible for making and overseeing the implementation of the pyrite remediation scheme.
In accordance with the provisions of the Pyrite Resolution Act 2013, the Board is independent in the performance of its functions, and as Minister, I have no role in the operational matters pertaining to the implementation ...

28. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government further to Parliamentary Question Nos. 63 of 5 October 2016 and 124 of 20 October 2016, if he will acknowledge the deficit in the present pyrite remediation scheme for properties with pyrite but a DCR of less than 2; and if he will initiate an immediate review of the scheme to facilitate the inclusion of these dwellings. (Question 35487/16 asked on 17 Nov 2016 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Damien English) (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 21, 28, 31 and 74 together. 
The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides for the making of a pyrite remediation scheme by the Pyrite Resolution Board for certain dwellings affected by significant pyrite damage. The Report of the Pyrite Panel (June 2012) provided the overarching framework for the pyrite remediation scheme and its...

31. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he will initiate an immediate review of the pyrite remediation scheme starting with a survey of those whose homes have been remediated to evaluate their experiences and improve the scheme for those accepted for remediation but also to survey those whose properties have been excluded to address the problems of gaining access to the scheme. (Question 35486/16 asked on 17 Nov 2016 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Damien English) (Deputy Damien English): I propose to take Questions Nos. 21, 28, 31 and 74 together. 
The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides for the making of a pyrite remediation scheme by the Pyrite Resolution Board for certain dwellings affected by significant pyrite damage. The Report of the Pyrite Panel (June 2012) provided the overarching framework for the pyrite remediation scheme and its...

124. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government the assessments that have taken place on the impact of remediation works on adjoining properties; if there has been any reconsideration of including properties with a DCR of 1 in the remediation programme if they are attached to a dwelling which is being remediated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31241/16 asked on 20 Oct 2016 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides for the making of a pyrite remediation scheme by the Pyrite Resolution Board for certain dwellings affected by significant pyrite damage. The pyrite remediation scheme is a scheme of “last resort” and is limited in its application and scope. The full conditions for eligibility under the scheme are set out in the scheme, which is available on ...

63. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government if he will carry out a review of the pyrite remediation scheme in respect of the appeals process and the way in which properties with a BCA of less than two can be considered for inclusion in the scheme, particularly where they adjoin properties which are being remediated. (Question 28694/16 asked on 05 Oct 2016 - Pyrite Remediation Programme)

Minister of State at the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (Deputy Damien English): The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides for the making of a pyrite remediation scheme by the Pyrite Resolution Board for certain dwellings affected by significant pyrite damage. The pyrite remediation scheme is a scheme of “last resort” and is limited in its application and scope. The full conditions for eligibility under the scheme are set out in the scheme, which is available on ...