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Munster calls for Irish Water to confirm offer of assistance from DCC during water crisis

31 July, 2017 - by Imelda Munster TD

Sinn Féin TD for Louth and East Meath Imelda Munster has called on Irish Water to clarify if the organisation rejected an offer of assistance from Dublin City Council to fix the affected pipeline during the water crisis in Louth and Meath last week. Dublin City Council allegedly had the expertise and the required part to fix the pipe in Drogheda at a relatively early stage in the crisis.

Deputy Munster stated:

“I have been informed that such an offer was made to Irish Water and they turned it down. If this is the case, Irish Water have serious questions to answer as to why they chose to turn down such help and instead prolonged the misery for people living in Drogheda, south Louth, and parts of Meath.

“This is a very serious situation and this question needs to be answered in a transparent manner. A population of over 70,000 were left without water for a week; if the part needed was available all along, Irish Water need to explain their actions.  If this situation turns out to be correct, it raises serious questions about the ability of Irish Water to maintain, upgrade, and deliver much needed water infrastructure in this state.” 

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