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I submitted two questions on pyrite and the Pyrite Remediation Scheme to the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government. Yet again, the Minister fudged and dragged his heels on Pyrite Remediation for those with a damage condition rating of 1, and failed to bring in changes that he has acknowledged are necessary to allow homeowners with pyrite avail of their legal entitlement to an exemption for property tax.
To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the discussions or contact his officials have had with the Department of Finance in 2015, in relation to overcoming the difficulties of the criteria outlined in the Statutory Instrument, to enable homeowners with significant damage as a result of pyrite, to avail of their legitimate local property tax exemption.
– Clare Daly.
By Jamison Maeda
In the year 2030, the demand for water will exceed our supply by 40%. This is according to a white paper published by Truscost. Drinkable water will become the world’s most valuable commodity, more valuable than gold or oil. This is not a secret. Corporations such as Nestlé, Coke, and Pepsico have been scrambling to gain control over the water market for years. In our society of gross inequality, the privatization of the world’s water supply will lead to control of our water by the wealthy, and limited access to it for the poor.
To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his views regarding the impact of extending the number of areas from which the Pyrite Remediation Board can receive applications; if extra funding and staff have been made available as a result of this decision; and if he is satisfied that sufficient funding is in place to remediate the number of affected dwellings.