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Pyrite victims facing €45,000 bill for repairs

CRACKS caused by the mineral pyrite have appeared on the walls of every room in Niamh Byrne and Richard Feely’s home.

The married couple were first-time buyers when they took the plunge in 2003 and bought their home in Thornchase in Rush, north Dublin.

Two years later, the first cracks appeared in the hall, and they now riddle their two-storey home.

A report released by Environment Minister Phil Hogan yesterday estimated that 12,250 homes in 74 estates are contaminated by pyrite, with the cost of fixing each house at about €45,000.

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