“The kids would be in bed at night, and we’d be watching TV and would hear this really loud banging,” says Tina Crumlish, outside her crumbling dream home in the picturesque seaside village of Culdaff in Co Donegal.
“My husband Harry would run outside to see if someone crashed into the house, and I would run to check on the kids.
“There were cement bars at the side of the house coming down, or a cornerstone coming off. Concrete blocks exploding inside the walls. Literally plaster falling off the walls.”
Ms Crumlish built her home in 2002, when she was 22 and her husband, Harry, was 26. They are one of thousands of families, mostly in the northwest, whose houses are cracking apart because of defective concrete blocks containing the substance mica.
While friends were off travelling the world, the pair decided to get married and “put
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