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Saturday 21 April 2018

Ailish O'Hora: Dublin runs out of water as techie elite hit Web Summit

Ailish O'Hora

Ailish O'Hora

Broadband how do!

When you invite 10,000 of the heaviest hitters in the international technology world to Dublin, it isn't the quality of the internet connection that takes centre stage, it seems.

No, it's the lack of water.

‘Davos for Geeks’ could well turn into the conference that reeks if someone doesn’t sort out the water shortage, and pronto.

Otherwise it will be back to the 1980s with a bang and a run on 'Lynx' spray - and that won't be good for anyone.

Someone clearly forgot to tell Dublin City Council that one of the biggest technology conferences the country has ever hosted in on in the RDS today and tomorrow.

Apparently, homes and businesses will experience low water pressure and a loss of supply from 8pm tonight until 7am, with conservation measures continuing for the rest of the week.

We're told that the restrictions follow a "serious production problem" at the Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment plant.

Well tell that to PayPal co-founder Elon Musk (worth over $7bn according to Forbes) as he reaches for a nice cold glass of water midway through his web summit speech.

Or to Russian founder of Kaspersky Lab, Eugene Kaspersky, who's in town to tell us all about internet security.

Seriously, it is embarrassing.

Showcasing Ireland as a technology hub and inviting the techie elite around is all well and good but basic services like water are a prerequisite for all homes and businesses.

But not just because we're trying to impress the posh neighbours who will have skipped town by the weekend.

It comes ahead of water charges and water metering that we are all facing from next year.

After years of hairshirt budgets, is this the best we can hope for?

Ailish O'Hora

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