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Thursday 23 November 2017

'People are angry. There is no help'

Eimear Ni Bhraonain

Water shortages have forced businesses to shut their premises and leave customers without services.

Ouzos, a restaurant in Dalkey in Dublin, was hit with cuts to its supply from last Thursday. Owner Padraic Hanley was forced to close half the premises.

On Saturday night, the restaurant was full when the taps ran dry at 8pm.

Mr Hanley lashed out at the lack of information from his local council.

"The water went off with no warning. We managed but it meant the staff were working here trying to clean up until 3.30am," he said.

Meanwhile, water stopped flowing in hundreds of Co Westmeath homes on Christmas Day.

"People are angry," said mother-of-one Helen Sweeney, who lives in the Grange area of Mullingar with her daughter Niamh Ni Dhonghaile (2).

"I've only been without it a week but there are lots of large new estates with commuters and small families. They have nowhere to go for help."

Westmeath County Council spokesman Roibeard O'Ceallaigh said the council had shut off water supplies at night to deal with shortages.

"Our staff have been answering phones since December 29 -- they've taken hundreds of calls today," he said.

Irish Independent

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