Tuesday 13 October 2015

Irish Water issues raised

Published 22/04/2014 | 05:40

Fianna Fail Senator Marc MacSharry.
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.

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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