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Concrete blocks and pyrite: update

Pyrite In Concrete Blocks at Moneymore, Drogheda, Co. Louth

The Irish Independent reports that demolition has started for six houses in Moneymore, following discovery of pyrite damage to the concrete blocks. 19 other homes in the scheme have been tested for pyrite but a decision on their fate has not yet been announced.

Seaview Park, Shankill, Dublin

RTE reports that four houses are undergoing demolition in Shankill due to pyrite in the blockwork.

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Meanwhile, the Minister for the Environment, Phil Hogan, has been asked to extend the Pyrite Remediation Scheme to cover pyrite damage to building blocks.… Read the rest

Concrete blockwork & pyrite: investigations

pyrite in concrete blockwork

Following guidance from the The Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland (ACEI) (see previous post), RTE news reports that local authorities are starting investigations into concrete blockwork with possible pyrite problems at a number of sites, including areas in Leinster.

RTE news, describing a statement issued by the Department of the Environment, suggests that the “allegedly defective blocks” supplier had been co-operating with the investigation. The block manufacturers have not been named.

The news comes as the Irish Independent reports that six homes in a new Drogheda housing estate are to be demolished as a result of pyrite found in concrete building blocks.… Read the rest