Lead pipes ‘another legacy of lack of investment in water infrastructure’ – Ó Broin
Sinn Féin spokesperson on Water Eoin Ó Broin TD has broadly welcomed proposals to invest almost €400m in replacing lead piping affecting 180,000 homes.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“Plans to replace the lead pipes are welcome. However, the fact that this issue is only being remedied now is another example of the glaring deficit in our water infrastructure after decades of neglect and under-investment by Fine Gael/Fianna Fáil led governments.
“More capital spending initiatives like the one today are desperately needed to bring our water infrastructure up to scratch. This looks unlikely given the low level of capital investment the government has allocated to Irish water for 2016/17.
“Sinn Féin believe the government must increase capital investment to upgrade our crumbling water and sanitation infrastructure in Budget 2017.
“Sinn Féin also welcome the grant scheme on offer from the Department of the Environment which will assist householders with the cost of replacing lead pipes within the boundary of their homes.
“However, flexibility must be applied to the scheme to ensure that no household is prevented from replacing the pipes due to inability to cover the funding gap between the grant available and the actual cost of the works.”