Cllr Kenneth Flood: An End to the Stinking Saga At Long Last

Sinn Féin Councillor Kenneth Flood has welcomed the works done to repair a sewage leak on the Newfoundwell/Termonfeckin Road beside Newtown Meadows.

Councillor Flood has spent several months attempting to get the repairs done and was sent between Louth County Council and Irish Water as they pushed the responsibility to one another as raw sewage was coming up through the road at the junction where parents from Shrewsbury Manor and Newtown Meadows walked their children to the Educate Together school, where girls pass to attend Greenhills School and buses drop off boys attending St Joseph’s School.

Councillor Flood said “I was beyond frustration with this issue as Irish Water were refusing to deal with the issue saying it was a private matter and nothing to do with them, despite the fact that the leak was causing potholes big enough to blow a car’s tyres. I was directed back to various departments in Louth County Council and

Before leak was repaired – Raw Sewage on the main road

thankfully, after many months, the Council have repaired the sewage line and the road. This stinking saga is over.”

Councillor Flood concluded, “this should not set a precedent when it comes to dealing with sewage leaks in the future. This went on far too long. Hopefully now a protocol can be adopted to ensure that any problems like this will be dealt with in a more timely manner from this point forward. I will be raising this at our next full council meeting. In the meantime, residents, pedestrians and motorists can live or drive through the area free from stink and potholes.”

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.”