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...

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...

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 ...

791. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the estates where pyrite remediation work has started; the number of houses that have been remediated; his plans for starting remedial work in additional estates, including a timetable. (Question 6934/16 asked on 14 Apr 2016 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Paudie Coffey): I propose to take Questions Nos. 769, 791 and 792 together.
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 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 ...

792. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of damage condition rating certificates 1 and certificates 2 submitted to the Pyrite Remediation Board for remediation by housing estate. (Question 6935/16 asked on 14 Apr 2016 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Paudie Coffey): I propose to take Questions Nos. 769, 791 and 792 together.
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 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 ...

290. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Finance in relation to agreements made with construction companies or developers in the National Asset Management Agency, who are remediating unsold houses damaged by pyritic heave, to enable sale of these houses, if this remediation complies, in all particulars, to Irish Standard 398 of 2013; and if he will put these agreements before Dáil Éireann. (Question 30483/15 asked on 22 Sep 2015 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): I am advised that NAMA has advanced substantial funding through its debtors and receivers for the remediation of structural defects, including pyritic heave, in properties securing its loans. 
NAMA’s debtors and receivers, like any other construction company or developer, are required to carry out all required works, including structural remediation, in accordance with statutory building and planning obligations. 
NAMA does not have a role in the m...

10. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views regarding the impact of extending the number of areas from which the Pyrite Resolution Board can receive applications; if extra funding and staff have been made available as a result of this decision; and if he is satisfied that sufficient funding is in place to remediate the number of affected dwellings. (Question 8864/15 asked on 04 Mar 2015 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Paudie Coffey): I am satisfied that the Pyrite Resolution Board has the resources, both human and financial, to meet the needs of the pyrite remediation scheme.
The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provided 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 wa...

39. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views in relation to the fact that, despite what was originally stated when the Pyrite Resolution Board was established, that properties with a BCA rating of 1, or 1 with progression, will not now be remediated under the scheme; and his further views on the matter, in view of the fact that it will result in the worst of all worlds, with persons stuck in the property without any prospect of being able to sell and move on; and the way he proposes to deal with this issue. (Question 8865/15 asked on 04 Mar 2015 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Paudie Coffey): The Pyrite Resolution Act 2013 provides for the establishment of the Pyrite Resolution Board to oversee the development and implementation of a pyrite remediation scheme for certain dwellings affected by significant pyrite damage. The Report of the independent Pyrite Panel (July 2012) provides the framework for the pyrite remediation scheme and the eligibility criteria are reflective of...

5. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the progress of the pyrite remediation scheme; the targeted number of properties to be remediated in 2015; the cost of the project to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3603/15 asked on 28 Jan 2015 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Deputy Clare Daly: As the Minister will be aware, there are thousands of home owners whose dwellings are falling down around them because pyrite was used in the in-fill material. The pyrite remediation scheme established by the Government, while welcome, is making incredibly slow progress, with no houses remediated to date. How many houses will be remediated in 2015? Is the Minister satisfied that sufficient funding has been provided for remediation works? Does he have any plans to extend th...

574. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the contracts awarded to date to each of the firms on the pyrite remediation panel. (Question 2816/15 asked on 20 Jan 2015 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Paudie Coffey): I propose to take Questions Nos. 574 and 575 together.
The pyrite remediation scheme involves a number of stages commencing with a validation process by the Pyrite Resolution Board to check each application for compliance with the scheme’s eligibility criteria. The next step involves a damage verification process carried out by the Housing Agency which is followed by approval from the ...

575. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the number of applications made to the pyrite resolution board for remediation; the numbers approved for inclusion in the scheme; the number where works have gone to tender; the likely start date for remediation; and when those in estates which have not been included can expect to have their applications processed. (Question 2817/15 asked on 20 Jan 2015 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Paudie Coffey): I propose to take Questions Nos. 574 and 575 together.
The pyrite remediation scheme involves a number of stages commencing with a validation process by the Pyrite Resolution Board to check each application for compliance with the scheme’s eligibility criteria. The next step involves a damage verification process carried out by the Housing Agency which is followed by approval from the ...

38. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Finance his views in relation to the promised changes to the statutory instruments for the pyrite exemption from the local property tax, in the context of cases (details supplied), and his proposals to resolve this clear anomaly. (Question 41718/14 asked on 05 Nov 2014 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister for Finance (Deputy Michael Noonan): As I previously advised the Deputy in response to Parliamentary Questions no. 14 (37016/14) and no. 31 (37015/14) on 2/10/14 officials of my Department, with officials of the Department of Environment, Community & Local Government, are examining the alternatives other than testing that may be available in order to confirm entitlement to a Local Property Tax (LPT) exemption.
While I am conscious of the anomaly to which the Deputy refers, it is importa...

483. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when residents may expect to be reimbursed by the Pyrite Resolution Board for the moneys paid for a building condition assessment, as the up-front payment caused many problems for many residents whose application has been assessed and an audit carried out and have still not received a refund. (Question 19250/14 asked on 30 Apr 2014 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): The Pyrite Resolution Board commenced accepting applications from eligible homeowners for inclusion in the pyrite remediation scheme on 26 February 2014. As matters stand, the Board has received in the order of 418 completed applications and these are currently being processed. Each application must first be validated by the Board which involves an assessment of the application against relevant eligibility criter...

382. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government when the pyrite resolution board will process applications for remediation and expedite the claims in view of the urgency and very serious deteriorating condition of a number of dwellings. (Question 53685/13 asked on 17 Dec 2013 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): The second stage of the Pyrite Resolution Bill, which provides for the establishment of the Pyrite Resolution Board on a statutory basis and for the operation of the pyrite remediation scheme, was passed in the Seanad yesterday evening; the Committee and remaining stages of the Bill are scheduled to be taken in the Seanad later this evening with all stages of the Bill scheduled for debate in the Dáil on Thursday. I...

29. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government in view of the fact that the €50 million initially promised for remedial works to houses damage by heave due to pyrite has not been delivered and these home owners have been abandoned by the structural guarantee company, HomeBond, if he will request that HomeBond now contribute its €25 million surplus to help remediate these damaged houses. (Question 44770/13 asked on 23 Oct 2013 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 and 29 together.
Following from Government consideration of the funding of a pyrite remediation scheme through the imposition of mandatory levies on the quarrying and insurance sectors, work commenced on the development of a Pyrite Remediation Bill. However, legal difficulties arose during the drafting process and it was not possible to proceed on the intended basis. My Departm...

73. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will confirm that the testing of the underfloor fill to IS 398-2, as part of the pyrite remediation process will not be done by an independent geotechnical company retained by the homeowner and that the report and results will not be made available to the homeowner by Pyremco. (Question 33616/13 asked on 16 Jul 2013 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 106 together.
The issues raised are operational matters for the Pyrite Resolution Board and will be considered by the Board in the context of the finalisation of the pyrite remediation scheme and its effective implementation when rolled out to affected homeowners. Under the proposed pyrite remediation scheme, the Board will have oversight of the various stages of the scheme ...

106. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will confirm that the structural reports prepared to comply with IS 398-1, as part of homeowners’ applications included in the pyrite remediation process will not be reviewed by the Pyrite Resolution Board. (Question 33615/13 asked on 16 Jul 2013 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): I propose to take Questions Nos. 73 and 106 together.
The issues raised are operational matters for the Pyrite Resolution Board and will be considered by the Board in the context of the finalisation of the pyrite remediation scheme and its effective implementation when rolled out to affected homeowners. Under the proposed pyrite remediation scheme, the Board will have oversight of the various stages of the scheme ...

817. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the way the Pyrite Resolution Board will deal with homeowners whose homes have significant damage as a result of pyrite, where they built the house themselves and have no structural insurance (Question 16989/13 asked on 16 Apr 2013 - Pyrite Remediation Programme Implementation)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): The Pyrite Resolution Board, which I have recently established under the chairmanship of Mr. John O’Connor, former Chairman of An Bord Pleanála, will oversee the effective implementation of a pyrite remediation programme for homeowners who have no alternative avenues for redress. I understand that the Board is currently working on developing the scope and detail of a pyrite remediation scheme. Issues in relation ...