Fingal County Council is “engaging robustly” with the bondholder for Ongar Village in a bid to take the estate in charge and begin pyrite remediation works.
The local authority revealed it had served a Statement of Claim letter on a UK-based insurance company and further correspondence had been received.
Residents have been left in limbo after the original bondholder went bust and the council is unable to provide basic services – as roads and footpaths fall apart.
At a recent Area Meeting, Cllr Roderic O’Gorman (GP) and Cllr Paul Donnelly (SF) both tabled motions calling for an update and timeline for legal proceedings.
Cllr Donnelly said: “It is ten years down the road since this estate has been built and it’s deteriorating before our eyes. The people who bought houses down there are caught in limbo.
“If anyone has walked around Ongar they would see the deterioration of those footpaths. There are lips on some of the paths of about two to three inches and nothing can be done.”
Hundreds of homes in Dublin 15 were built with inadequate material containing the mineral pyrite, which causes concrete to crack and crumble.
If it is present in backfill used under floors, the mineral swells over time, causing buckling in concrete floor slabs, difference in flooring levels, cracking in internal walls and sometimes movement in outside walls.
In Ongar, the pyrite was used during the construction of the entire village, which has resulted in the deterioration of the streetscape as well as houses.
Council officials revealed at the area meeting that they had received a detailed response from the bondholder in October seeking more information.
They added that no remediation works can begin until the bond is in the council’s ownership, but assured that “we’re working assertively and robustly on this”.
Cllr Roderic O’Gorman said he was disappointed to hear that there appeared to be some resistance from the bondholder, noting that how the case panned out may set a precedent for other estates.
He added: “We have an active Tidy Towns group in Ongar Village but they’re fighting with one hand tied behind their back because of the land ownership issue.”