Construction Ireland Construction Directory
Time and date
Share this page
Construction News

SIPTU Support Call For 100% Compensation For Mica Homeowners

Construction News Image
Trade union SIPTU has supported a call for 100% compensation for homeowners affected by the mica homes scandal.

A protest is being held in Dublin today, Tuesday, 15th June, by those impacted by the failure to adequately monitor compliance with construction standards.

SIPTU Organiser, Kevin McKinney, said: "Many of the families affected by the mica home scandal include SIPTU members and former members. In Donegal, Mayo, Clare and other parts of Ireland more than 5,700 families are watching their homes disintegrate before their eyes.

"This is due to the high level of mica contained in the concrete blocks used to construct these homes. Mica is a mineral that absorbs water and causes blocks to disintegrate and buildings to crumble. Irish regulations state the mica content in the aggregate used in the production of concrete blocks shall not exceed 1%. Tests on houses in Donegal show some blocks contain more than 50% mica.

-- Advertisement --

"There has been a clear failure to adequately police compliance with the regulations governing construction materials. These regulations are supposed to protect families from the issues that thousands are now having to endure."

He added: "Families have no choice but to continue to pay a mortgage for a home that is worthless. Many have been forced to move out of their homes due to them becoming unsafe, with some resorting to living in caravans as they cannot afford to rent. 

"The Government has proposed a completely inadequate redress scheme for the homeowners affected. The owners of these homes are not at fault in anyway and should not be out of pocket for carrying out the remedial work required. What is needed is a commitment from the Government to provide the homeowners affected with 100% compensation for carrying out the work necessary to make their homes inhabitable."

Homeowners from Donegal, Mayo and Clare will gather outside the Convention Centre, Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, North Wall, Dublin 1, at 13:30. From there, they will walk to Leinster House.

Latest Construction News


Construction work has commenced on Kinsale's new library facility in Cork. An event took place to mark the commencement of extensive refurbishment works which will see the town centre heritage building being re-purposed as a new library. Designed by Cork County Council, the project will see the th

The single largest solar farm in Ireland has officially opened. The ground-mounted Solar Farm will produce up to 5.6MW of power allowing Lilly to reduce its annual use of electricity from carbon sources by almost 6GWH and its carbon footprint by 2,350 tonnes. Comprised of 12,600 individual solar pa

Construction work on the £8 million Avoniel Leisure Centre redevelopment in east Belfast is almost complete. Belfast Lord Mayor, Councillor Kate Nicholl visited Avoniel to view progress on the redevelopment, ahead of its opening in October. The transformation of the former Avoniel Leisure Centre s

ARUP has been appointed to take forward the All Island Strategic Rail Review in Northern Ireland. The All Island Strategic Rail Review will consider how the rail network on the island of Ireland can improve sustainable connectivity between major cities, enhance regional accessibility including to t

Contractors are to start work on a £305,000 carriageway resurfacing scheme in Lurgan. The work on Gilford Road will commence on 02 August and is expected to be completed by 13 August. The improvement scheme, which extends a distance of approximately 1150 metres along Gilford Road, Lurgan from the

Work is to start on a £400,000 resurfacing project on the A2 Bangor Road in Northern Ireland. The work will commence on 02 August and is expected to be completed by 13 August. The improvement work includes resurfacing approximately a one kilometre section of the Belfast bound carriageway of the A2

The draft Cork City Development Plan has now been published. The plan provides an overarching framework to help shape the transformation of the City over the next six years by supporting the creation of 20,000 homes and 31,000 jobs. 'Our City, Our Future' provides a transformative blueprint for Co

A new £10 million investment to develop a new train station at York Street in Belfast has been welcomed by Sinn Fein. MP John Finucane said the delivery of the new station will upgrade and modernise the transport system and benefit workers and local residents and create more construction jobs. H

US headquartered Repligen Corporation has announced it is to expand its manufacturing operations in Waterford, with plans to fit out a 33,000 square foot LEED Silver building that is expected to create 130 new jobs in the South East region of Ireland over the next two and a half years. The facilit

A Boil Water notice has been issued for consumers served by the Drumconrath Public Water Supply in Meath with immediate effect. Irish Water put the notice in place following issues at the treatment plant resulting in the disinfection process being compromised. Areas impacted include; Drumconrath,
R & M Buckets LtdS & N GraniteStonecon LimitedMMA Joinery SpecialistsRegan Tile DesignWallace Fencing & Agri Services LtdKellihers ElectricalWebb Roller Door CompanyDecking (NI) LtdAcara Concepts Ltd Ireland
Terms and Conditions