Tuesday 22 January 2019

Concerns raised over sewerage discharge at Omeath/Greenore

Cooley News

Concerns about untreated sewerage being discharged into the sea from Omeath and Greenore were voiced at the Municipal District of Dundalk meeting.

Cllr Peter Savage asked for a report on Omeath and Greenore sewerage projects.

It was, he said, important that they eliminate the discharge of untreated sewerage into the sea water as at the moment 'it just spews out onto the beach at Omeath while at Greenore at least it goes into settlement tanks at the port.'

Green party councillor Mark Dearey told the meeting that there had been a presentation about antimicrobial resistance at the recent HSE Forum.

He noted that the Minister for Health had declared the discovery of a an antibiotic-resistant superbug close to a sewerage outlet near a beach in Co Galway a national health issue.

He urged Louth to be ahead of the curve and asked that Irish Water regarding the situation in light of what they heard at a recent meeting of the Dublin North East HSE Forum.

'I do think we need to deal with these outflows into a small body of water,' he said, as the sewerage here was being discharged into the Irish Sea compared with the Atlantic on the west coast.

Director of Service Frank Pentony undertook to get in touch with Irish Water.

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