A developer was pressuring Donegal County Council to increase the agreed asking price for five Mica-affected houses in Inishowen even as negotiations on their sale were nearing completion.
It remains unclear, however, whether the developer, his solicitor, his agent or anyone who provided a valuation on the houses in An Crannla in Buncrana, knew or informed Donegal County Council they contained mica, prior to their purchase in February 2021.
Inishowen Live has previously reported Donegal County Council engaged Fastnet Analytical Limited to carry out petrographic assessment [micro-structural examination] of representative samples of blocks extracted from two of the five houses.
On November 9, 2019, the Test Suite A results on 4, An Crannla, highlighted the presence of probable free mica in fines with associated freeze-thaw risk if saturated, as a potential risk.
On November 10, 2019, the Test Suite A results on 5, An Crannla, highlighted the presence of probable free mica in fines with associated freeze-thaw risk if saturated, as a potential risk.
In addition, the Test Suite B: X-Ray Diffraction Analysis of this house confirmed the tested blocks contained deleterious materials, 18.4% muscovite mica and 0.6% pyrite.
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