Seanad debates

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Commencement Matters

Drainage Schemes Status

2:30 pm

Photo of Alan KellyAlan Kelly (Tipperary North, Labour) | Oireachtas source

I thank the Senator. I am aware of the anxiety of those in Bandon. I am quite conscious of the issues. I know the town quite well, as the Senator knows, and this is a real issue. I want to assure the Senator that under no circumstances would Irish Water contemplate putting in place a substandard scheme. Many schemes have been re-examined, such as the Ringsend plant in Dublin where greater efficiencies and a better service have been provided as a result of the work Irish Water, as a considered entity with economies, can put into such schemes.

I am quite confident that what is proposed in Bandon, even though it involves a smaller, but quite substantial amount of money, will deal with all of the issues the Senator has raised. I will meet Irish Water later today and will raise the issue again.


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