Dáil debates

Wednesday, 26 May 2021

Ceisteanna ar Reachtaíocht a Gealladh - Questions on Promised Legislation


12:47 pm

Photo of Cathal CroweCathal Crowe (Clare, Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

This weekend, raw sewage was again being discharged into the wild Atlantic from the coast at Kilkee beach. The HSE and Clare County Council prohibited bathing in the area. Raw sewage flowing through the pipes and out into bathing water has now occurred for three consecutive years, and this has now been in contravention of the EU wastewater directive for 16 years. We had been hearing that the upgrade to the infrastructure would be completed this year. However, Irish Water has now stated that it could be four years before modern sewerage infrastructure is installed in Kilkee. Local councillor, Cillian Murphy, a party colleague of ours, and the whole community is up in arms. We are asking the Taoiseach and the Government to intervene to put a spurt on to ensure we do not have to wait and to be 20 years in non-compliance with the wastewater directive. We need clean and safe bathing waters in Kilkee.


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