Ní Riada appalled at waste water threat to public health
Sinn Féin MEP Liadh Ní Riada has said she is shocked and appalled by news that untreated sewage is being pumped into our water at 44 locations.
The Ireland South MEP was commenting after it was revealed that an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report found waste water treatment in nearly one third of Ireland's large towns and cities is below public health standards.
"I'm, frankly, aghast that a wealthy country like Ireland is unable to provide the most basic of protections to public health; clean, safe water," she said.
“It's as baffling as it is disturbing that we have somehow failed to meet the most basic needs of our citizens.
"It is absolutely unacceptable that up to a third of our largest towns and cities have failed to meet the standards set to prevent pollution. Not only is it a threat to public health; in a developed, western society it's a national embarrassment.
“I will be writing to both the European Commission and Department to find out the reasons this failure to protect public health on such a grand scale was allowed to happen and to see what those responsible intend to do to fix the problem.
"It is nothing short of a scathing indictment of this Government, that in a country as affluent and as wealthy as ours, they have allowed standards for delivering the most basic needs of our citizens to slip so much as to be a potential threat to their health."