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Minister Murphy must act on latent defects - Eoin Ó Broin TD

11 September, 2019 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin Housing spokesperson Eoin Ó Broin TD has written to Housing Minister  Eoghan Murphy calling on him to respond to the latest latent defect’s cases in Blackrock, Dublin and in Oak Grove, Kildare.

These latest cases, as reported by the Irish Times, are a reminder to the Minister that he can no longer avoid dealing with the issue of latent defects and he must reconsider the proposals made in the Sinn Féin Bill and the cross-party committee report, Safe as Houses.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“Minister Murphy needs to stop burying his head in the sand and accept the recommendations of the cross party supported Committee report on latent defects published in January 2018.

“A key recommendation of the Safe as Houses report was that a latent defects redress scheme should be established to help homeowners facing bills for remediation works on their homes.

“Sinn Féin followed this up with the publication of the Latent Defects Redress Bill 2019. This Bill establishes a redress scheme to assist homeowners in remedying issues, such as fire safety and other structural defects that have been uncovered in their homes.

“This scheme will offer a number of solutions, which include an information and advice service, mediation will be offered to disputing parties to see if a resolution can be found and if this is not an option legally binding adjudications on cases will be made.

“In cases where defects are uncovered, and the builder/developer is still trading, the original developer should pay for the remediation works. However, in cases where the developer went bust or is no longer trading, the scheme will administer a compensation fund for homeowners that will be paid for by a levy on the construction industry and will be matched by the government.

“I will be seeking a meeting with Fianna Fáil and other opposition spokespersons on this Bill in order to get cross party support for the proposals.

“Minister Murphy and Fine Gael can no longer stand idly by as ordinary homeowners with latent defects struggle to find solutions on their own.”

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