Sunday, October 04, 2015

Doherty calls for remediation scheme to address Riverwalk Court defects

Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has called for a remediation scheme, similar to that of the existing pyrite remediation scheme, to be put in place to address fire and safety defects in Riverwalk Court, Ratoath, and other similar developments.

The Ratoath based TD said “I have formally written to Minister for the Environment Alan Kelly and Minister for Finance Michael Noonan calling for a remediation scheme to be established to address the safety defects in developments such as Riverwalk Court.

“The solution here is not as simple as we have seen in the pyrite remediation scheme. We need to determine a common ground between Meath County Council, developers, insurance companies and residents – there is no question in anyone’s mind that this is a serious problem that needs to be resolved and everyone has their part to play. This is an incredibly sensitive situation and has its complications however residents, who find themselves in this appalling situation through no fault of their own, should not have to wait any longer.

 “I believe that a remediation scheme could provide a foundation upon which all parties involved could progress upon. I am hopeful that should the correct supports be put in place, Meath County Council, developers and insurance companies alike will be much better positioned to remedy these issues.

“I am aware that many attempts have previously been made to address these defects; should a structure like this have been in place at the time we may not be in the position we find ourselves in today.

“I have strongly urged the Minister for the Environment to establish a remediation programme to deal with the safety shortfalls in developments right across the country. I have also written to the Minister for Finance to ensure that adequate funding is made available for this remediation scheme upon its establishment.”

Doherty concluded “This is not just about money; we currently have a situation where families are living in unsafe conditions. We have a ticking time bomb on our hands and action is required as a matter of absolute urgency.

“This summer we saw the handing back of keys to houses remediated under the pyrite remediation scheme – this is a perfect example of what can be done for affected families.”

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