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Investor in talks to build log cabins for mica families

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“POSITIVE talks” are underway with a major investor who plans to secure a site to provide 60 log cabins as accommodation for mica-affected families.

Talks are currently underway with an Irish American investor, landowners and mica activists about the prospect of acquiring a major site to build log cabins to house mica house owners while their homes are repaired or rebuilt.

Leading campaigner Paddy Diver said the signs are positive and they have contacted Donegal County Council to ‘speed up’ the development application.

“An investor came to us and said he could invest in log cabins if we had land,” Mr Diver said.

“There is prime ground in Carndonagh which belongs to the Church.

“We are having good talks at the minute with the parish priests and bishops and they are considering handing over their land for a while and then we will give it back to them when the mica scandal is over.

“The land will be returned as it was given to us because they reserved it for cemeteries.

“This investor is ready to install about 60 log cabins.

“If a family uses a log cabin while their house is being repaired, when their house is ready, another family can move in.

“It means people won’t have to uproot their children from the city and they can stay in schools and communities,” Mr Diver said.

The proposed development is currently in Carndonagh, however Mr Diver believes it is a scheme which could be used in other parts of the county, including Letterkenny.

He appealed to any landowner who is willing to allow use of his site to get in touch.

“Carndonagh is an excellent example of a test site.

“There is a call for anyone with land close to power, sewers and a city to come forward.

‘If it works here it can happen in all towns in Donegal and will be a big help for mica affected home owners,’ Mr Diver said.

Mr Diver said the initiative would be hugely beneficial as it is “almost impossible” to find a home in Donegal and he fears this situation will worsen due to the threat of a housing crisis.

“It’s a frantic race to get a house by the minute,” Mr Diver said.

“We checked the estate agents but as soon as a house goes up it is gone straight away.

“Rent prices have skyrocketed. Four years ago the rent was around €110, now it is €155 per week.

“It will only get worse now when mica house owners start looking for rental accommodation,” Mr Diver said.

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Posted: 7:44 PM January 15, 2022

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