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Munster tells Minister that Irish Water need to get their act together

31 May, 2018 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has today hit out at the government for their failure to address the ongoing issues at Staleen Water Plant in Donore. After the pipe burst last evening, less than a year on from the last fault in the pipe which left upwards of 100,000 people in Drogheda, South Louth and East Meath without water for eight days.

Speaking in the Dáil this afternoon, Deputy Munster criticised the government for their failure to honour commitments made last year to prioritise the upgrading and replacement of the rising main that caused the problem.

Deputy Munster said:

“Last year, upwards of 100,000 people in Drogheda, South Louth and East Meath were left without water for eight day, waiting on tankers to come from as far away as Thurles, Carlow and Kilkenny.

“Today, there are already people in parts of East Meath without a water supply.

“In September last year, Irish Water announced that a contract had to be signed to expand, upgrade, and replace the rising main that caused the problem.

“They said that work was to begin before the end of last year.

“They failed to deliver.

“They also committed to come to an agreement with the landowner to ensure access to the pipe should there be another fault.

“They haven’t delivered on that either.

“Last night, the same pipe burst again, and we will be without water again. Nobody knows how long for.

“Given the mayhem and distress that Irish Water have caused, it is outrageous that Irish Water didn’t bother to prioritise these works.

“The pipe is 50 years old. It was identified for replacement seven years ago, back in 2011.

“We have Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann coming to Drogheda in a matter of weeks.

“Irish Water needs to get its act together. How can we have confidence in them given the fiasco endured by the people of Louth and Meath less than a year ago?

“We need assurances that this will be the last time this happens.” 

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