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Government needs to clarify position on Pyrite Levy - Ellis

9 October, 2013 - by Dessie Ellis TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on housing and transport, Dessie Ellis TD, has called on the government to clarify its position on how it will progress with a levy to pay for Pyrite related repair work. He made his comments following a reply by the Taoiseach on the issue which raised doubts about the publication of the long awaited Pyrite Levy Bill but offered not other proposals of how the levy would be put in place.

Deputy Ellis said;

"The families affected by pyrite have been waiting a long time for this bill and the levy. They waited a long time for anything to be done to help them and thought that the setup of the Pyrite Resolution Board was the beginning of the end of their struggle but this delay does not help matters.

“I first raised the issue of Pyrite with the Minister for Environment 2 years ago this month. In September of this year I was told that the Pyrite Levy Bill would be dealt with before Christmas and that a report was to before the Cabinet. This week Enda Kenny has said he does not believe the Levy Bill is the proper way to deal with the issue.

“The people who are dealing with Pyrite tearing their homes apart deserve to know what the problems are that Enda Kenny is referring to and what he proposes to do to solve the issue. Right now, with such a lack of clarity, this seems like another blow to a group of people who have already been through a lot and fought for everything they have got so far."

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