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Rush better served by dealing with sewage than water charges – O’Reilly

27 April, 2016 - by Louise O'Reilly TD

Speaking today in a debate on Irish Water, Sinn Féin TD for Fingal Louise O’Reilly raised the issue of raw sewage flowing into the sea at Rush and compared the delay in fixing this problem by Irish Water and other authorities to the treatment of hard pressed families in the pursuit of water charges.

Deputy O’Reilly said:

“The EPA's Urban Waste Water Report has repeatedly confirmed that raw sewage is being pumped into the Irish Sea and 'can pose a risk to human health and the aquatic environment'.

“30 kilometres from here, this is the everyday reality in Rush. And this is not breaking news. This wasn't even breaking news last year, or the year before. In fact, the situation has reached such crisis points with the town's beaches having to be closed previously.

“The residents of Rush will have been waiting 10 years before the work is completed from the allocation of the funds initially in 2008. Add to that the countless years of campaigning and lobbying that went on before that. These delays for the scheme are unacceptable.

“Now juxtapose this heel dragging and disregard for our environment and health, with the extravagant waste of public monies on water metering, the quango that is Irish Water and the enthusiasm of Fine Gael & Labour to burden working families with water charges.

“I feel the palpable anger everyday in this community. Irish Water have been quick to put in meters, they have been quick to send bills but the residents of Rush would be far better served if Irish Water focussed their efforts on dealing with the major environmental issue of raw sewage being pumped into the Irish Sea in Rush.

“If as much time and effort was put into dealing with the countless Environmental Protection Agency Report's and cases concerning compliance with the EU Waste Water Treatment Directive on this issue as has been put into the blinkered view on water charges, the residents of Rush and the surrounding areas would have this massive blight alleviated by now.

“I guess raw sewage pumping into our seas isn't as important as squeezing hard pressed families.”

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