Build Back Better [Updated]


This afternoon.

Mica protestors crossing the Samuel Beckett Bridge in Dublin, as they march from the Convention Centre (in background) to Leinster House.


This lunchtime.

Outside the Convention centre where the Dail is sitting.

Thousands of people from Donegal and Mayo have gathered  in support of a 100% redress scheme for homes and other buildings affected by blocks defective due to the mineral mica.

The protesters are currently marching to Leinster House.

Thousands of mica-affected homeowners gather for Dublin protest (RTÉ)


This morning.

Taoiseach Micheal Martin speaking to media after arriving outside Dublin Castle before a meeting of the Cabinet. He signalled he supports the demonstrators demands for 100% redress for damage to their homes.

Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews


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15 thoughts on “Build Back Better [Updated]

  1. Junkface

    Does this happen in other EU countries? Surely if a building contractor has a license to build and regulations to follow, then the state should guarantee some sort of quality standards? The builders must have broken basic building material regulations, so the state should prosecute the builders, or if they went out of business or to the Cayman Islands, then the state should find and take their assets to raise money for the victims.

    1. Micko


      Irish government found about a billion to spend on pieces of plastic though.

      In fact the HSE was not even “following official rules governing such expenditure.” – so I’d say that’s a lot of money gone to pals and brown envelopes on this thing.

      But when it comes to citizens homes crumbling around them – nothing / Sweet FA

      “Sorry about that now – maybe you can build a gaff out of discarded PPE?”

      1. Cian

        What was happening last February/March that would have lead to the HSE needing to buy a load of PPE?

        Any ideas?

      2. GiggidyGoo

        And don’t forget that you can get your passport from one of the beneficiaries of that Government spend – for ventillators that were not fit for use. 14 million squids worth or thereabouts wasn’t it? An Events company.
        And HSE tests not valid, while private companies ones are, for travel.
        Don’t forget either that the HSE is being sued by Narooma for another €7.4m

    2. Daisy Chainsaw

      The companies involved have decided not to exist anymore. Due to Limited Liability, they get away with it.

    3. scottser

      The state shouldn’t prosecute the builder, either the OMC or a residents collective should. The state should cover legal fees but the outlay to the taxpayer should be minimal.

  2. Tony

    Surprised Ivor Cummins and the lads aren’t piggybacking in on this gig! You snooze you lose I guess ;)

    1. Mr. T

      Because the state admitted liability by offering a redress scheme, and because its their own lack of regulation of construction suppliers that caused this mess (and will cause the next mess too)

  3. ce

    So what you need to do commit a crime and change your name, and then magically you’re no longer liable… nice

  4. eoin

    The only game in town on this rock is selling overpriced properties to each other and to vulture funds. Now it seems the state can’t even manage to police that without screwing it up. It’s a wonder Mehole didn’t call them ‘far right’ and dismiss them. Will he be so accommodating when all the people maimed by the vaccines take to the streets?

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