Calls for mica 'sliding scale' to be scrapped –

The mica redress scheme announced by the Government yesterday did not meet local people’s expectations, Donegal TD Joe McHugh has said.

The Fine Gael TD said the introduction of a sliding scale “is not going to work” and said he would not stand over the scheme if people are excluded by cost shortfalls.

The scheme was launched by Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien following full Cabinet approval.

It will see grants capped at €420,000 and will also be open to rental properties, if they were registered with the Residential Tenancies Board by the beginning of this month.

Homeowners will be able to receive €145 per square foot on the first 1,000 feet of a property.

This will reduce to €110 for the next 1,000sq ft and a sliding scale will apply after that.

Speaking on RTÉ’s Today with Claire Byrne, Mr McHugh said Minister O’Brien “knows there is an issue,

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