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Adams challenges Taoiseach on waste water and sewage crisis in Louth

25 October, 2017 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD challenged Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in the Dáil today on the failure of his and past governments to “urgently invest in our waste water and sewage infrastructure”.

He described the Taoiseach’s response as “inadequate, lacking in detail and holding out no real hope of the government tackling this significant infrastructure issue”.

Teachta Adams told Taoiseach Varadkar:

“The Environmental Protection Agency Report published yesterday makes grim reading. The waste water treatment facilities in 50 of our larger towns and cities do not comply with EU standards. These include Ardee, Drogheda and Dundalk in the Louth/East Meath constituency.

“Raw sewage is still entering the environment untreated in 44 urban areas, including Omeath. The EPA has warned that because of under-investment projects involving a high risk of pollution and a threat to public health have been delayed for at least three years.

“Eight Louth areas – Ardee, Blackrock, Castlebellingham, Drogheda, Dundalk, Dunleer, Omeath and Tallanstown - are among the 148 priority urban areas where improvements are required to meet the EU’s standards.

“Local infrastructure is failing because of consistent lack of investment by Fianna Fáil, Fine Gael, and Labour governments. This failure to invest properly has resulted in the European Commission taking this state to the European Court of Justice for breaching the urban waste water treatment directive. There is the potential for substantial fines.” 

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