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Houses with defective Blocks identified

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The Report of the Expert panel on Concrete Blocks published by the Republic of Ireland Department of Housing has identified the nature of the structural cracks first identified in Donegal in 2013 on self-builds and contract-built homes.

As many as 4,800 private dwellings in County Donegal and 345 in County Mayo are likely to have been affected by the defective concrete blocks.

The report issued a set of eight recommendations, one of which is to remove the Opt-out clause out of the Building Control Regulations which allows self-builders to build their own homes.

The aforementioned report also recommends that Building Control Inspectors carry out more inspections.