Thursday 22 February 2018

The Punt: Water shortage puts a dampener on capital's tech-hub aspirations

HERE we go again. It would be laughable if it wasn't so serious and frustrating.

While Paddy Cosgrave is down at the RDS selling Ireland as a world leading tech hub, residents and businesses in the capital are once again being hit with water restrictions.

And it's going to last for a week. Restaurateurs rightly complain that it will affect their business, branding it akin to a "third world country".

Restrictions will be in place in the areas of the four Dublin councils and parts of Wicklow and Kildare.

"People can expect very severe water restrictions," declared Dublin City Council engineer Michael Philips. "A lot of people will have no water from 8pm to 7am."

And the irony is that this is all happening as we host 10,000 attendees at the uber high-tech Dublin Web Summit.

It's simply scandalous and comes just months after supplies were cut last March to replenish supplies. People have been asked to take shorter showers, and restrict the use of washing machines and dishwashers.

The story has even flashed up on the Bloomberg international news wire under the headline, 'Dublin introduces water restrictions amid treatment failure'.

Scandalous.

Irish Independent

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