A County Donegal quarry facing legal action over the Mica scandal has agreed to a High Court direction to allow sampling of rock at its facility.
A number of affected homeowners are suing the block suppliers, Donegal County Council and the National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI).
At the High Court today, Cassidy Brothers Concrete Products Ltd in County Donegal agreed to a court direction to allow sampling of rock at their quarry in Buncrana.
The homeowners claim the block suppliers, among other things, provided blocks and ready-mixed concrete which were not fit for purpose and did not meet the specifications advertised.
The case is also against Donegal County Council which, the homeowners claim, as the relevant “market surveillance authority” in relation to construction products, failed to ensure the Cassidy blocks were removed from circulation or to perform appropriate checks on the product.
It is also alleged that the council failed to carry out evaluations in relation to non-complying products manufactured by Cassidy’s and to appoint a sufficient number of officers to carry out monitoring.
Homeowners are also suing the NSAI, claiming that, as the national certification body, it failed to adequately and/or fully perform its obligations.
The next court hearing will be October 16th.
Main image shows a mica-affected home in Donegal. Image: Thomas Lukassek / Alamy Stock Photo