Re­port needed on wa­ter is­sues

Mid Louth Independent - - NEWS -

A FULL re­port on Meath’s ‘crit­i­cal wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture’ needs to be pro­vided to elected mem­bers of the coun­cil ‘at the ear­li­est op­por­tu­nity,’ lo­cal Sinn Fein coun­cil­lor Eimear Fer­gu­son states.

In a mo­tion to the full coun­cil meet­ing, urg­ing de­tails, she said she’d like to thank every­one in­volved in help­ing get­ting wa­ter to as many of the public as pos­si­ble dur­ing the re­cent wa­ter cri­sis.

‘We all recog­nise that Meath face sig­nif­i­cant chal­lenges in achiev­ing a sus­tain­able wa­ter and sew­er­age ser­vice that meets the en­vi­ron­men­tal needs and obli­ga­tions. One that is af­ford­able in the cur­rent eco­nomic cli­mate and de­liv­ers a re­li­able, high qual­ity ser­vice that the public de­serve and ex­pect.

‘ Sinn Féin op­pose the in­tro­duc­tion of any double tax­a­tion as a method of pro­vid­ing vi­tal public ser­vices and we op­posed the es­tab­lish­ment of the quango that is Ir­ish Wa­ter. Our po­si­tion has al­ways been wa­ter in­fra­struc­ture in this coun­try needs ur­gent in­vest­ment due to years of chronic un­der­fund­ing and this should be done through pro­gres­sive gen­eral tax­a­tion. This po­si­tion is sup­ported by the expert com­mis­sion set up by this Gov­ern­ment.

‘ We know by the amount of plan­ning applications that the build­ing in­dus­try is start­ing to get back up and run­ning in County Meath, the com­muter County (as per lat­est CSO com­muter fig­ures), a satel­lite of Dublin. Are we ready for this? Is our wa­ter and waste­water in­fra­struc­ture ready for this?’

Ma­jor re­pairs had to take place on a main pipe at Staleen

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