Picturesque thatched cottages in Donegal are at serious risk due to a lack of insurance, Donegal County Council has said.
Cottage owners suffered another blow this year when OBF insurers stopped taking new business since Brexit. Lack of insurance and astronomical prices now prevent owners from maintaining the tradition.
Cllr Barry Sweeny said insurance was ‘the last straw’ for many.
Fine Gael wants a national insurance policy for thatched roof structures, created by the government, to protect the national heritage.
Cllr Sweeny said Donegal County Council has been at the forefront of addressing some of the challenges facing thatched cottage owners through the Thatch Repair Grant Scheme. However, Cllr Sweeny said the owners remain in a precarious position. Risks and costs and extreme weather conditions affect homeowners who might get competitive insurance quotes “within minutes” across the border, Cllr Sweeny said.
Cllr Sweeny said more needs to be done to protect the iconic structures which have already been photographed to promote Donegal.
His motion was passed at the full council meeting in July. Council will now write to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage requesting a national insurance policy.
The motion was supported by Cathaoirleach Liam Blaney, who was born and raised in a cottage that still stands today.
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