Campbell – “will RoI exclude NI citizens impacted by mica scandal?”

The DUP’s East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell has written to the Irish Prime Minister Taoiseach Micheál Martin asking what similar arrangements will be put in place for Northern Ireland citizens who own properties in that country who are impacted by the mica scandal.

By Gregory Campbell MP

East Londonderry

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Mr Campbell said,

“The announcement by the Irish government of a financial package to assist those homeowners who have suffered as a result of the 'mica scandal' is obviously a matter for that government as it affects their citizens, but there is an issue about citizens of Northern Ireland who own homes that are also affected.

It appears that people from NI who own properties as second homes are not included in the scheme. While the reported cost of the scheme to the Irish taxpayers at 2.2 billion euro is considerable, the Irish government needs to outline how many homes fall into the category of being owned by Northern Ireland citizens as second homes and should then look at including them in their scheme.

For a government who regularly and inaccurately tell the European Union about no borders on the island, it would be ironic if that same government tried to use the border as a reason to exclude.

If reports are accurate of approximately 7,000 homes being affected, the Irish authorities need to outline how many of those do not stand to benefit from their scheme by their exclusion.”

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