Sinn Fein Cllr Imelda Munster has called for an urgent plan to be put in place to ensure the minimum delay possible in rebuilding the 25 houses by North & East Housing in Moneymore, Drogheda.
Commenting Cllr Munster said she had “received confirmation this morning that the tests carried out on the remaining 19 houses in this development have also tested positive for pyrite and will now have to be demolished. It is an awful blow for people who have been waiting 6 and 7 years to be housed and will now have to wait until June 2015 for these houses to be rebuilt and allocated.”
It was confirmed that the demolition of the homes will take 4 to 5 weeks and that the construction firm will start to rebuild straight away. Cllr Munster stated that “whilst demolition is necessary due to the presence of pyrite and to ensure people are not allocated substandard homes, it is none the less frustrating to have to wait another twelve months before the houses are ready to be allocated given that in Drogheda alone we have over 1600 people on the housing waiting lists.”
Imelda explained “the housing and homeless crisis we now face with housing lists growing by the week can only be tackled when the government stops turning a blind eye to this crisis which is affecting people and families from all walks of life. The only way this can be addressed is for the government to roll out a social housing building programme across the state which in turn will also create jobs and employment.”