Mica protests: What is mica, why are homeowners protesting and what do they want from Government?

By David Kent

Over 10,000 people took to the streets of Dublin city centre on Friday to call for 100% redress as a result of their homes being affected by mica.

The issue has reared its ugly head in 2021 as thousands of homeowners saw their houses crumble.

Many have plenty of questions about the situation.

To that extent, we at the Irish Mirror have put together a handy guide to the issue:

What is mica?

Mica is a type of mineral found in the ground and in rocks excavated in quarries.

It is used to build houses in some places.

What's the issue in Donegal and other areas?

Defective building blocks containing mica have caused cracks and fissures to open in an estimated 5,000 to 6,000 homes, primarily in Mayo and Donegal.

How bad have things got?

Paddy Diver, one of the leaders of the campaign for 100% redress told the Irish Mirror that some people were on “the verge of suicide.”

He said: “That might be hard-hitting and some people may not want to hear that but it’s true.

“Their homes are not safe to live in and they’ve nowhere to live.

“It is not the homeowner's fault. These are honest, hard-working citizens that have done their best for their lives.

“We want answers. If you go into power that means you want to make a change for the better of your country and that’s the bottom line but these people just settle for whatever the golden circle says.”

The protest of mica affected homeowners from Mayo and Donegal seeking 100% redress for the faulty concrete in their homes (Gareth Chaney/Collins)

Why are they protesting?

The campaign’s request is simple: they want 100% redress for all homes that have been affected by mica, and in some areas pyrite.

The Government has still not committed to 100% redress for those affected by the issue - meaning families could be left with bills of tens of thousands of euro to fix or replace their falling-down homes.

The massive rally on Custom House Quay on Friday was addressed by politicians from right across the political divide.

What is inkl?

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