Problems on tap for Gormley
DURING the summer of 2007, 40 people in Galway became seriously ill and had to be hospitalised. Up to 2,000 people may also have been affected, but without requiring medical treatment. But in a sense everyone in the city was affected, since they could not drink tap water for five months.
This disgraceful affair was the tip of an iceberg and constituted one more instance of the low standard of governance in Ireland.
Last year, the Comptroller and Auditor General reported that in a five-year period €850m had been spent on improving treatment plants. But there had been "little significant improvement".