Speaking following an Oireachtas Housing Committee meeting to examine the issue of latent construction defects and the effects it has on homeowners and families living in these homes, Catherine Martin, Green Party Deputy Leader and TD for Dublin Rathdown, said:
“Families living in defective buildings are terrified. They are facing huge bills because of corners cut in construction by cowboy developers, and many are living in fear as their families are stuck in potentially dangerous homes.
“And yet time and again, the Taoiseach and members of his Government have refused to acknowledge that the state has any role in fixing this problem. If there were thousands of cars on our roads which were potentially unsafe, it would be a national scandal – and yet with thousands of homes across the country potentially unsafe, the Government doesn’t seem to care. Will it take a tragedy to occur, or lives to be lost, before the Government takes action here?
“The formation of the Construction Defects Alliance, a group representing and advocating for homeowners dealing with latent defects across Dublin and the commuter belt area, is very welcome – and it shows Government that this issue won’t be ignored. This is a problem right across the country, and Government needs to sit up and act now to tackle it.”
“The situation faced by homeowners dealing with defective homes is not right and it is not just.
“Practical reliefs, like tax relief, which will put minimal cost to the exchequer would be warmly welcomed by affected homeowners in helping to ease the burden of making their homes safe – particularly as the Government already provides similar tax reliefs to developers.
“The Construction Defects Alliance will be a strong advocate for those affected – and Government can no longer continue to abandon these homeowners.”
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