Wednesday 16th October 2013: The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Environment, Community & Local Government Phil Hogan T.D that €10m will be pledged to assist homeowners affected by pyrite. However, the Society has also warned that provisions must be made for the future as the full extent of the pyrite issue is not yet known.
Krystyna Rawicz of the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland (SCSI) Building Surveying Professional Group said; “This €10m fund announcement by Government is a welcome step in the right direction to assist approximately 1,000 homeowners in remedying the pyrite problems in their homes. However, it should be noted that the full extent of this problem or the number of houses affected by pyrite has not been fully quantified. It’s important that further funding is set aside by Government and the Pyrite Resolution Board as we get a better idea of how many properties are directly affected in the coming years”.
The SCSI said that up to 12,000 homes could be affected by pyrite and has encouraged people who think they may be affected by pyrite to check the Pyrite Resolution Board website www.pyriteboard.ie which highlights the symptoms of pyrite including cracking of floors, doors not closing and movement of external walls and how to go about addressing them.
“We need to ensure that this pyrite issue does not occur again as construction begins on new properties throughout the country and that all of the necessary checks and balances are in place for the protection of prospective home purchasers” Ms Rawicz said.