Saturday 24 August 2019

Council to meet Irish Water regarding Bishopswater lead concerns

By Amy Lewis

A request for deputation made by the Bishopswater Residents Association was discussed by the councillors.

All were in favour of the proposal, which was made by the residents following concerns about lead in their drinking water.

However, the Director of Services Tony Larkin said that their capabilities must be made clear to the residents when they meet with them to discuss the issue.

'We can't deliver any more than we are able to,' he said.

Cllr George Lawlor also said that it 'was essential to bring the facts to the table' when they meet the members of Bishopswater Residents Association.

A decision was made by the councillors to meet with representatives of Irish Water to speak with them about how the lead problem can be addressed.

'It is vitally important that we meet and discuss this with them,' said Cllr Davy Hynes.

Cllr Fergie Kehoe agreed that a meeting should be arranged with Irish Water, but felt that a separate meeting with the Bishopswater Residents Association should be held first 'to avoid a non-productive slagging match' between the parties.

'We should listen to the concerns of the residents first,' he said.

Cllr Tony Dempsey did not agree that the meetings should be held separately.

'Irish Water are seen by the public to not be talking to the public,' he said. 'This should be about solving problems constructively and together.'

He mentioned that he had already been in contact with Irish Water to request costing for two possible solutions but had yet to receive a response.

Wexford People

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