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Cllr Daithi Doolan slams City Council over cut in water supply

14 July, 2004

Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Daithi Doolan has reacted angrily to news that residents of the South Lotts area of Ringsend have effectively been without water since last night (13.07.04). It has emerged that the City Council cut off the water supply to facilitate water flow into new private apartments in the area.

Speaking today, Cllr Doolin said:

"I have been in contact with numerous local people today, who have effectively been without water since yesterday evening. When I contacted the City Council I was informed that this was to facilitate a new private development in the area.

"I asked the Council if they had prior knowledge of the cut to the water supply in Ringsend and they informed me that their policy was not to inform residents when the water supply was cut off for only a short time. I find this response both ludicrous and unacceptable.

"That the Council had prior knowledge of the cut in water and not informed the residents of South Lotts is disgraceful. Furthermore, the Council has made no attempt to contact the residents to apologise for the inconvenience caused. At present, the residents are still without water supply.

"The residents of this area are angry and upset by the lack of consultation from the Council. I have spoken with one local woman with a newborn baby who has no water to bathe, wash or feed her baby.

"I will be raising this matter with the City Council as a matter of urgency."ENDS

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