September 30, 2023

The faulty concrete blocks state of affairs is “like a most cancers”, in accordance with Letterkenny Councillor Ciaran Brogan, who has spoken in defence of the Housing Minister.

Letterkenny-Milford councillors held a frank dialogue this week concerning confidence in Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien.

Impartial Cllr Michael McBride proposed a vote of no confidence within the Minister, to which Fianna Fáil Cllr Brogan stated that “Mica is way too critical a problem to be taking part in politics with.”

Cllr McBride’s movement was voted down when Cllr Brogan moved a counter-motion to say that the municipal district has confidence in Minister Darragh O’Brien and needs to proceed to work with the council and officers to get a scheme that works for the wants of householders.

Cllr McBride stated that individuals are at their wits’ finish with the faulty concrete blocks scheme. The scheme was delayed once more this week attributable to operational points.

Talking at Tuesday’s assembly Cllr McBride stated: “In a number of quick months individuals can be taking their households again in for an additional winter in properties that aren’t match for objective.

“I believe it’s an absolute shame that we’re the elected members that stroll by the individuals each day and now we have no solutions for them. In case you are a TD or Senator you spent a variety of time in Dublin however individuals count on us to have the solutions.”

Cllr McBride stated his disillusions with the Minister additionally stem from efficiency in public and social housing.

“So far as I’m involved we live on guarantees,” he stated.

“I believed lengthy and exhausting about taking this movement right this moment, that is nothing private to any councillor, I’m doing this right this moment for all individuals with mica.”

Cllr McBride was supported by Sinn Féin Cllr Gerry McMonagle, who expressed his frustration on the delay within the new faulty blocks rules.

Cllr McMonagle stated: “We’re a wealthy nation, but now we have 12,000 individuals homeless and other people on the streets. We’re serving to and supporting refugees, and rightly so, and they’re dwelling on the road in tents.

“If we take a look at it from a Donegal perspective, we aren’t a precedence and we’re slipping down the ladder.

“For Donegal, I don’t suppose he (Minister O’Brien) has delivered.”

Cllr Ciaran Brogan commented that the movement was “not well worth the paper it’s written on” because the Municipal District lacks the ability to get a Minister to resign. He stated that a variety of work is happening and the Housing Minister is eager to vary the unique redress scheme.

“Everyone knows that the 90/10 scheme wasn’t suiting the householders. Minister O’Brien got here into workplace as a part of the brand new authorities, and after visiting Donegal he set about altering the scheme and bringing in a brand new scheme and that, as we all know, takes time for laws to undergo,” Cllr Brogan stated.

Impartial councillor John O’Donnell stated he wouldn’t be related to the no-confidence movement, including that it might be a improper message to ship to the Minister that’s funding the council’s housing plans and acquisitions.

Fianna Fáil councillor Liam Blaney additionally disagreed with the no-confidence proposal and identified the continued progress on housing in Donegal. He highlighted Donegal County Council’s announcement final month on the acquisition of two massive websites in Letterkenny with a view to constructing in extra of 300 new properties.

Cllr Brogan identified that the present faulty blocks scheme has 1,300 functions processed to the worth of € 14 million, in addition to two liaison officers employed to help householders.

Cllr Blaney requested: “What’s plan B? Take the Minister out and put in one other. How lengthy would it not take to get them briefed?

“We’re doing our greatest to attempt to get as a lot as we are able to out of this (Faulty Concrete Block Scheme) earlier than it’s introduced.”

Cllr Brogan’s counter movement of confidence was handed with seven votes to 2. Councillors in favour of the movement have been: Cllr Ciaran Brogan, Cllr Liam Blaney, Cllr John O’Donnell, Cllr Pauric McGarvey, Cllr Donal Coyle, Cllr Jimmy Kavanagh and Cllr Donal Mandy Kelly. Cllr Michael McBride and Cllr Gerry McMonagle voted in opposition to. Cllr Kevin Bradley was not current for the vote.


‘Mica too critical a problem to be taking part in politics with’, warns Letterkenny councillor was final modified: June fifteenth, 2023 by Employees Author