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Thursday 28 August 2014

Irish Water issues raised

Published 22/04/2014 | 05:40

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Fianna Fail Senator Marc MacSharry.

THE transfer of water services to Irish Water is causing major delays in the progression of waste water schemes in Sligo.

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The issue was raised in the Seanad by Senator Marc MacSharry who described Irish Water as a "super quango."

He pointed out that progress on waste water treatment schemes in Strandhill, Tubbercurry and Grange had come to a halt.

Irish Water had now taken control of all water and sewerage schemes from the County Council.

Referring to the Strandhill, Tubbercurry and Grange bundle scheme, Senator MacSharry, pictured, said: "Everything is ready to go, but because Irish Water is now in control of such schemes, it has come to a complete stop.

"All national capital works have ground to a halt."

There was also concern about the "cost and confusion" with Irish Water, he said.

He added: "This outfit is now established.

"While most people agree with the principle of those who can do so paying something towards their water infrastructure, we have set up this super-quango."

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