Irish Water leave Ashwood residents high and dry- Cllr Eoin O Broin
Sinn Féin Clondalkin Councillor Eoin Ó Broin has accused Irish Water of ‘abdicating its responsibilities’ after the water company announced that it was not accepting liability for damage to homes following a burst water main in Ashwood on November 4th.
Cllr Ó Broin said:
‘Following a burst water main in Ashwood estate, Clondalkin on November 4th of last year. Families whom homes were affected by the flooding had been in contact with Irish Water regarding compensation.
‘Irish Water sent out a damage assessor within days of the flooding. However for the last 9 weeks Irish Water would not indicate whether they intended to cover the cost of the damaged property.
‘Last week Irish Water finally indicated that they were not accepting liability for damaged property caused by their burst water main.
‘In an email to my office they confirmed that they were advising residents to claim from their own insurance.
‘Irish Water is abdicating its responsibilities to these home owners. This was not a natural event. The water main burst and caused significant damage to homes close by.
‘It is not acceptable for Irish Water to leave these families high and dry in this way. If they claim from their own insurance it could affect their premiums.
‘I have advise the families affected to seek legal advice on the mater. Once again Irish Water is behaving as if it were a private company protecting its corporate interests rather than a public company acting in the public interest..’