Ireland faces being hauled before European Court of Justice over raw sewage discharge into water
IRELAND faces being hauled before the European Court of Justice for failing to stop raw sewage being discharged into waters.
The European Commission has told the State to ensure that waste water from 38 urban areas is properly treated, after missing a 2005 deadline to ensure that pollution is tackled and public health risks addressed.
The 38 areas where raw sewage is being discharged include Arklow, Cork City, Shannon Town and Waterford City.
The Commission said the State had two months to act, or the case could be referred to the European Court of Justice.
Irish Water is responsible for ensuring that treatment plants are put in place, or upgraded where necessary. Works are underway in a number of locations, including Arklow.
It has previously said that all works will be completed by 2021.
The other areas of concern are Athlone, Ballybofey/Stranorlar, Ballincollig New, Carringtwohill, Castlecomer, Cavan, Clifden, Clonakilty, Cobh, Dundalk, Enfield, Enniscorthy, Fermoy, Gaoth Dobhair, Killarney, Killybegs, Longford, Mallow, Midleton, Monksland, Navan, Nenagh, Oberstown, Passage/Monktown, Portarlington, Rathcormac, Ringaskiddy, Ringsend, Roscommon Town, Roscrea, Thurles, Tralee, Tubbercurry and Youghal.