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New leaky Irish Water meters should be removed – Ó Clochartaigh

8 September, 2015


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Newly installed water meters in Galway are leaking badly and should be removed, according to Sinn Féin Senator Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

Speaking after visiting a number of anti-water meter protests across the city today with his colleague Councillor Anna Marley, Senator Ó Clochartaigh said:

“Residents in the city have shown me that recently installed water meters are leaking and the holes in which they are installed are full of water.

“They tell me that in some areas this is because the old mains pipes are not in a fit enough condition to be sealed with the meters and therefore there is substantial leakage. This doesn’t say much for the governments so called ‘water conservation’ policy.

“Tests done on domestic supply in Shantalla are also showing that there are dangerously high levels of lead in the water which is a matter of great concern to residents. Even where people themselves have replaced pipes from the meters into their houses there are traces of lead in the water as the mains pipe which supplies the street is an old lead one and needs to be changed by Irish Water.

“It is no surprise that we are therefore seeing more widespread protests across the city to the installation of meters where residents are peacefully opposing them being put in.

“The huge Right2Water protest in Dublin recently had great support from the people of Galway and they are adamant that they won’t pay extra for their water on top of the taxes they already pay and that the government should reverse their decision even at this late stage.

“Sinn Féin remains committed to scrapping water charges and Irish Water after the next general election and are calling on the people of Ireland to give them as large a mandate as possible to make sure that will happen.” 

Méadair nua Uisce Éireann ag scaoileadh uisce agus ba chóir iad a bhaint amach – Trevor Ó Clochartaigh

Tá méadair nua atá feistithe ag Uisce Éireann i nGaillimh ag scaoileadh uisce le fána agus ba cheart iad a bhaint amach, a deir  Seanadóir Shinn Féin, Trevor Ó Clochartaigh.

Ag labhairt dó taréis cuairt a thabhairt ar roinnt agóidí frith-mhéadair sa gcathair inniu i gcuideachta an Chomhairleoir Anna Marley, deir sé:

“Thaispeán muintir na h-áite dhom go bhfuil méadair nua atá feistithe le déanaí ag scaoileadh go leor uisce le fána agus go bhfuil na poill ina bhfuil siad socruithe báite fliuch.

“Deir siad liom gur de bharr na seanphíopaí atá ann nach bhfuil in ann a bheith ceangailte go dlúth leis na méadair atá seo amhlaidh agus dá bharr sin go bhfuil go leor uisce ag sruthlú astu. Ní dheireann sé sin mórán faoi pholasaí ‘caomhnaithe uisce’ an rialtais, mar dhea.

“Léiríonn tastálacha atá dhá dhéanamh go leanúnach ar chaighdeán an uisce ar an Seantalamh freisin go bhfuil leibhéalacha contúirteacha luaidhe san uisce go leanúnach, rud atá ina ábhar mhór imní do mhuintir na h-áite. Fiú nuair atá daoine aonair i ndiaidh na seanphíopaí idir a gcuid tithe agus na méadair a athrú, tá rianta den luaidhe le fáil san uisce mar go bhfuil na príomhphíopai atá ag soláthar na sráideanna déanta as luaidhe freisin agus ní mór d’Uisce Éireann iad seo a bhaint amach.

“Ní iontas ar bith é mar sin go mbeadh muid ag feiceáil níos mó agóidí ar fud na cathrach, áit a bhfuil pobail go síochánta ag cur i gcoinne feistiú na méadair uisce.

“Léirígh an tslua maith as Gaillimh a d’fhreastal ar an agóid ollmhór a bhí ag Right2Water i mBaile Átha Cliath le déanaí go bhfuil daoine diongbháilte nach n-íocfaidh siad tuilleadh airgead sa bhreis ar an gcáin a íocann siad cheana féin ar uisce agus gur chóir don rialtas, fiú ag an bpoinnte seo, a gcinneadh a tharraingt siar.

“Tá geallúint daingean tugtha ag Sinn Féin go scriosfaidh muid na táillí uisce agus Uisce Éireann i ndiaidh an chéad olltoghchán eile agus tá muid ág iarraidh ar mhuintir na hÉíreann an oiread de thacaíocht agus is féidir a thabhairt dúinn le go mbeidh an t-údarás againn chun cinntiú go dtarlaíonn sé sin.” 

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