Several thousand homeowners affected by mica have marched through Dublin City Centre this afternoon.

Organised by the Mica Action Group, the demonstrators gathered at the Garden of Remembrance and made their way towards the Custom House, before returning to the Garden of Remembrance.

Those taking part say today's action was a final push ahead of a Government decision on a redress scheme for affected homeowners.

Liam Devine, Lidia Fagan, Ryan Fagan and Jennifer Fagan at the Garden of Remembrance

It comes as the Minister for Agriculture said he believes that a mica redress scheme that meets the needs of homeowners can be delivered.

Speaking at today's demonstration, Charlie McConalogue, who after being briefly booed by the crowd, told them that he was committed to 100% redress.

Mr McConalogue said that he was "really confident" of a good outcome.

"I'm confident that we will get a scheme that delivers for homeowners and also that we can get a scheme that delivers 100% of the costs for homeowners as well," he said.

The Donegal TD said it was important that those affected are supported in getting their lives back on track.

Earlier this week, Minister for Housing Darragh O'Brien told the Dáil that he would not delay introducing a significantly enhanced mica redress scheme to deal with what he described as an "absolute tragedy".

11 year-old Lara Fitzpatrick from Donegal marching in Dublin city centre
Tori Cantwell (10), Kayleigh Mills (9), Lauren Doherty (9) and Olivia Mills (7) at today's protest

Coalition leaders are involved in talks on the redress scheme and a decision is expected in the coming weeks when a memo will be brought to Cabinet.

However, demonstrators are disappointed with soundings from Government so far and insist 100% redress is what is required - a call backed by the main opposition parties.


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