Patience with Irish Water is starting to flow away

FRUSTRATION at how Irish Water responds to councillors’ concerns and the way it works with seconded council employees spilled over at Tuesday’s Letterkenny Milford Municipal District meeting. One councillor described the situation as “nonsensical and farcical”.

Cllr John O’Donnell (Pictured) had raised the issue of the main sewer in Milford and in particular on Main Street behind private houses where there was a leak.

Cllr O’Donnell said that despite contacting Council staff and Irish Water “numerous times” nothing had happened. He did add that the smell was not as bad recently.


“Council staff are finding it difficult to get in to carry out repairs. We seem to be getting nowhere with this,” Cllr O’Donnell said.

Seconding the motion Cllr Liam Blaney said the smell was “disgusting” in recent months.

“I had to go through the media to encourage people in Milford to make complaints to Irish Water about it. Thanks to the number of calls they received Irish Water stepped up to the mark,” Cllr Blaney said.

Cllr O’Donnell insisted that it was an environmental issue while County Council Scientist Joe Ferry argued it was an Irish Water issue.

“Irish Water told me the council was employed by Irish Water to sort the repairs. Every member here knows how frustrating it is to get an answer from Irish Water,” Cllr O Donnell added.

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