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Thousands of people from Donegal and Mayo gathered in Dublin for a protest in support of a redress scheme for homes and other buildings affected by blocks defective due to the mineral mica. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Thousands of people from Donegal and Mayo gathered in Dublin for a protest in support of a redress scheme for homes and other buildings affected by blocks defective due to the mineral mica. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

In her column today, Miriam Lord paints an eye-opening picture of the moment homeowners affected by the mica controversy come face-to-face with politicians in their new surroundings.

“In the blazing sunshine of a June afternoon, with the River Liffey on one side and the Royal Canal on another, they marched together in their thousands until they reached the towering modern building which has been a home to Dáil Éireann for the last few months.

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