21 March 2023
Uisce Éireann has contacted me to confirm that work has been completed on the Inchigeelagh Sewerage Scheme. I welcome this announcement but I am urging the water management agency to make progress on the Ballingeary Sewerage Scheme.
I note that Uisce Éireann are claiming, in their press release about the Inchigeelagh scheme, that they have now ‘eliminated the discharge of untreated wastewater into the River Lee’. This is clearly not the case, since untreated waste water is still being discharged into the Lee in Ballingeary.
I would describe the completion of the Inchigeelagh Scheme as a good start – ‘tús maith, leath na h-oibre’. But there is a lot of work to be done. I have contacted Uisce Éireann on a number of occasions asking them to put all the necessary steps in place so that a new sewerage scheme for Ballingeary can be built as a matter of urgency. I am repeating that call today.