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Mica and Pyrite Action Groups are forming a political party to challenge the government in the next election

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Mica and pyrite action groups from five counties have joined forces to form a new political party with the intention of running candidates in the next local and general elections.

In a statement released this afternoon, the groups said they formed the party to “fight for justice for victims of poor housing across Ireland”.

Last week a joint statement by the Donegal Mica Action Group, Mayo Pyrite Action Group, Clare Pyrite Action Group, Limerick Pyrite Action Group and Sligo Pyrite Action Group was read into the records of the Dáil Éireann.

The groups said the joint statement outlined the “crystal clear position of affected homeowners” on the government’s proposed redress program.

“An outright rejection of the proposed defective concrete block scheme unless changes are approved, a condemnation of the irresponsible and unnecessarily rushed legislative process designed to stifle debate, and a review of the contemptuous treatment of affected homeowners by this government and its officials ‘ the groups said.

Yesterday the Action Groups registered their intention to form a political party with the Office of the Political Parties Registrar at Leinster House.

“Affected homeowners whose lives have been devastated by this scandalous injustice have asked their local government officials for parliamentary support. However, it is clear that those with the leverage to help refuse to do so and are indifferent to the fate of their desperate constituents,” the groups said this afternoon.

“The words and promises made by government ministers and TDs on this crisis are turning out to be empty platitudes. The events of the past week in particular have revealed the true colors and loyalty of government TDs – and the same cannot be said of their people.

“It is our intention to field candidates in all affected counties in local and national elections. Four counties now participate in the defective concrete block program. However, based on our research, we know that this problem has manifested itself in 13 counties so far.

“We will be reaching out to victims in these other affected counties to form action groups and asking each group to work under the umbrella of this new political party. We will also reach out to activists fighting in our cities to bring back thousands of damaged homes and townhouses.

“We will now mobilize our campaign to field candidates in each of the 13 affected counties and major cities and we are confident that we will be successful.

“Now is the time for all those suffering from ineffective government regulation and corporate neglect to come together to demand justice and for our homes, our property and our lives to be restored.”

The statement also accused politicians in the affected counties of “putting their party before their people.”

“We have exhausted all avenues to work with local and national government, to no avail. We have given the government every opportunity to work with us to fix this system. It is now clear that we must take the necessary steps to resolve this ourselves,” the statement added.

Thousands of homes across the country are crumbling because of mica, a mineral that causes concrete blocks to become spongy, and the government recently signed a €2.7 billion repairs program with a ceiling of €420,000 per house.

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