Cllr Ó Murchú: No Notice on Bay Estate Works by Irish Water

Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has criticised Irish Water for its failure to notify people living in the Bay Estate area of impending road closures and works.

Cllr Ó Murchú said,

“I welcome the fact that Irish Water will be carrying out necessary upgrade works to the sewer network in Bay Estate, however, it is unacceptable that people living in the area were not properly informed of the necessary road closures to complete the works.

“This is a major scheme which will see the Hazelwood Avenue junction with the N52 closed for a ten week period, right up until Christmas. This is to happen during the 14 week period from Wednesday 19th September to 21st December.

“I raised the issue with officers of Louth County Council at Tuesday’s meeting of the Dundalk Municipal Council meeting, held in the Heritage Centre in Carlingford. Councillors were told that, while the Council is responsible for closing the road, it is the responsibility of Irish Water to provide the information to the public in a timely fashion. We were informed that the council would communicate this general dissatisfaction to Irish Water.

“There were also complaints about upgrade works that were carried out over the summer with little or no prior notice to elected reps or the public and other communication difficulties.

“Irish Water has failed in its duty and I have contacted the company today to raise these matters with them directly and to request prior notice for any major schemes across Louth in the future.

“I have also requested additional information in relation to the works and road closures planned for Bay Estate and will keep residents informed as I get it.”

Cllr Tom Cunningham: Ardee Watermain To Be Upgraded

Following the latest water outage on Dublin Road, Ardee, Sinn Féin Councillor Tom Cunningham  sought assurances from Irish Water that they would fix the problem permanently and not just do ‘another patch job’.

Cllr Cunningham said “there have been numerous incidences of water disruption as a result of a particular watermain bursting on the Dublin Road in Ardee. Many households are affected each time. I contacted Irish Water asking that they sort this problem once and for all and look into replacing or upgrading this stretch of pipe as it is obviously no longer fit for purpose.”

Cllr Cunningham welcomed the response from Irish Water. “They said funding has been approved to replace the problematic pipe and over the next 6-12 months, Irish Water and Louth County Council will follow the process of a site investigation, design, construction and commissioning. Hopefully between then and now we will have no more problems with this pipe but at least there is an end in sight to the uncertainty that face residents of the area regarding their water supply.”

Cllr Anne Campbell: Works on Dublin Road ‘will reinstate cycle lanes’

Cllr Anne Campbell

“Works, currently causing significant traffic disruption on the Dublin Road in Dundalk, are to reinstate the cycle lanes damaged by pipe and cable laying” Councillor Anne Campbell has revealed.

The Sinn Féin Councillor has been speaking to the contractors, GMC, as well as Irish Water, and has been told the cycle lanes are to be reinstated in the coming days.

Councillor Campbell said, “Hundreds of motorists, as well as residents, hospital patients and students going to DkIT, have been impacted by the traffic delays caused by roadworks currently taking place on the Dublin Road, from the College to Hill Street Bridge.

“I have today (Wednesday) been speaking to the onsite contractors, GMC, who have informed me that the works are being done on behalf of Irish Water, who this winter, carried out a significant pipe laying project in the area.

“As a condition to the council granting permission to lay the pipes, Irish Water promised to reinstate the well-used cycle lane. The works, which started this week, are part of that reinstatement.

“The current phase of work, where a tarmac coursing is being laid, is expected to be completed by Friday evening, June 1st. However, I have to warn people that there will be a further few days of work, probably in the middle of June, to lay the anti-slip top on the cycle lane and then the white lines will also have to be put down.”

The Sinn Féin councillor added, “I understand how frustrating it has been for people on the Dublin Road in the last number of months, with seemingly endless roadworks, but I am happy that the cycle lanes are being reinstated by Irish Water and I would ask cyclists and drivers to bear with the contractors and allow some extra time for journeys until this important contract is completed.”

Cllr Kenneth Flood: Irish Water Just a Cash Cow

Several months ago, Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood raised the issue of sewage leaking on the Termonfeckin Road at the Drogheda Borough District Monthly Meeting.

The response was ‘go contact Irish Water’.

Councillor Flood managed to contact Irish Water but “I was completely confused by the responses I was getting. Irish Water kept insisting that this was a private matter and nothing to do with them. I thought there must be a mix up and they weren’t looking at the correct area I reported the leak in.”

Raw Sewage on the main road

The leak has caused pot-holes deep enough to blow a car’s tyres. The leak is at a junction where school buses drop off boys going to St Joseph’s School, at the junction where girls pass walking to Greenhills School, at the junction where people walk to The Boyne Business Park, the junction where parents from Shrewsbury Manor and Newtown Meadows walk their children to the Educate Together School.

The map of red lines sent by Irish Water

Cllr Flood persisted with Irish Water because as he put it “when the sewage leaks, it stinks! It’s very hard to confuse this area with another. But again and again Irish Water said that this was a private matter and nothing to do with them. Eventually, they sent me a map with red lines on it, stating they only look after the red lines. So anything outside of that, such as a sewage leak on a public road, a main road, is not their problem.”

Councillor Flood had to return to Louth County Council to try and get the matter resolved.”I have been assured that the site will be visited by the Environmental Department this week. The cause is known and action will be taken to ensure the leak is fixed and the road is repaired.”

Main Road with sewage

“I look forward to Louth County Council sorting out this stinking mess but the whole episode has again confirmed, if further confirmation was needed, that Irish Water are just a cash cow for government cronies and not fit for purpose for delivering water services and that they should be dissolved.”

Kenneth Flood Hits out at Irish Water

Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has hit out at Irish Water following their own report released this week acknowledging that they should have acted sooner in their response to the Drogheda water crisis.

The crisis left more than 80,000 homes and businesses without water for up to eight days in July.Cllr Flood said “Irish Water has had years now to learn its lessons when it comes to burst mains, especially in Drogheda, where we had the North Quay Water-main bursting several times a year before finally being replaced. Even then it was only replaced several years after the funding was allocated to do so.”

“We have highlighted problems with response times and communication repeatedly to Irish Water representatives when they came to the Drogheda Municipal District Meetings and through emails and now their own report is another admission that no lessons have been learned.”

“Irish Water is not fit for purpose. It was never fit for purpose. It never will be fit for purpose. It was set up as a cash cow for government cronies.  The responsibility for water services should be returned to the local authorities and properly invested in or else all we will get is more of the same from Irish Water.”