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Another week and another town without Water – Tóibín

1 August, 2017

Navan town has been hit with a water main burst that has knocked most of the town’s water supply out. Irish Water has stated that it expects that the service will be back up later today.

Sinn Féin TD Peadar Tóibín, who is the chair of Meath Right2Water, has said:

“Navan has a population of over 30,000 people. It’s the 4th biggest town in the state. First and foremost, the government need to ensure that every resource necessary is used to get the supply back up and running as soon as possible.

“Irish Water needs to be honest with people from the outset. After the last water outage, there is very little trust in their pronouncements. In Drogheda last week, people were not given the full facts from the start and confusion abounded.

“Over €500 million have been spent by this government in installing water meters throughout the country; money that should have been used to invest in the actual infrastructure. Ireland is second last in the EU in terms of infrastructure spend. Only Romania beats Ireland with a lower infrastructure spend. This has to radically change.

“Fine Gael need to stop fighting elections on the basis of tax cuts for their target vote and start committing to real infrastructure investment for all. I, along with my Sinn Féin colleagues, will be in Navan throughout the day and for as long that is needed with bottles of water to keep people going.

“I would ask people to call me on 087 2707985 if they are their family are in need.  We will also facilitate in Leinster House the necessary targeted investment to fix our creaking capital infrastructure.” 

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