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EPA critical of Irish Water as 1,800 tonnes of raw sewage enters Clare coast daily:

  • 03-03-2023 2:04pm
    Registered Users Posts: 12,060 ✭✭✭✭

    Certainly has the makings of a sh*te filled summer of swimming

    Good to see EPA have not bought into the several million euro Uisce Éireann rebrand bollo*

    The Environmental Protection Agency has said 1,800 tonnes of raw sewage is entering the Clare coastline each day and the issue will not be fully resolved until 2025.

    Noel Byrne, Senior Inspector with the EPA, said the agency has highlighted wastewater treatment issues at Lahinch and Ennistymon to Irish Water for several years.

    He said there are five areas in Co Clare currently discharging raw sewage into the coastlines.

    "Roughly 1,800 tonnes of raw [sewage is] going out per day," he added.

    "The good news is that three of these areas, Liscannor, Clarecastle and Kilrush, will be resolved this year and the remaining two will be resolved by 2025," he added.

    Mr Byrne said Lahinch and Ennistymon plants are not working properly and Irish Water has identified the long-term solution for these which is to construct one big plant that will cater for both.

    “I can’t pay my staff or mortgage with instagram likes”.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,194 ✭✭✭Jarhead_Tendler

    Now that the Green Party have been in Power for a number of years surly they have improved the situation?

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,429 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk

    should all parties not be trying to fix issues like this? why did FFFG allow the situation to get so bad in the first place?

  • Registered Users Posts: 1,194 ✭✭✭Jarhead_Tendler

    Oh of course they should. However a government party who pride themselves on saving the planet should be all over this issue yesterday?

  • Registered Users Posts: 13,429 ✭✭✭✭Thelonious Monk

    i don't think you should pin this on one party, keeping our waterways clean should be a basic requirement of all councils and governments

  • Registered Users Posts: 8,149 ✭✭✭Cluedo Monopoly

    Some of the most beautiful coastline in the world and we fill it with raw sewage in 2023.

    What are they doing in the Hyacinth House?

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  • Registered Users Posts: 8,155 ✭✭✭ongarite

    I know it's cool to bash Irish Water here but I put the blame for this on the county council and board in this case.

    This country is full of counties with crumbling burst pipes, poor water pressure & insufficient sewage infrastructure due to decades of disinterest & under investment by said councils.

    Irish Water formed decade ago now & have to sort all this out at local, county & country level without the finances to do because we (people) won't pay for it.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 40,090 ✭✭✭✭Annasopra


    The people want clean water but protested against paying for it

    It was so much easier to blame it on Them. It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone's fault. If it was us, what did that make Me? After all, I'm one of Us. I must be. I've certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them. We're always one of Us. It's Them that do the bad things.

    Terry Pratchet

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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,623 ✭✭✭Wildly Boaring

    Exactly. I've seen the plant in Lahinch in 05 and it was a disaster back then.

    There are 100s of plants in the country and there are even a few places that irish water are having to build new plants as there never was one. Cobh only got a plant last year.

    Chronic under investment for ever can't all be on a 10 year old body or indeed the Greens

  • Registered Users Posts: 862 ✭✭✭redlough

    Irish Water was setup orginally to resolve issues like this. Put a proper system in place for water and sewage and replace the totally incompetent system we had previously

    We marched to stop that happening

    Now we are complaining about the problems with water & sewage that we, the people of Ireland, have created because we have what is left of Irish Water and it is massively underfunded.

    Instead of pointing the finger at Irish Water, what is the local TD's in Clare doing?

    Instead of waffling about the Green Party, what are all of the parties in Ireland doing to create a sustainable water and sewage system in Ireland?

    Not easy answers, especially when people will have to admit the water charges is probably exactly what we need.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 6,073 ✭✭✭SuperBowserWorld

    How come this wasn't a problem until the EPA called it out ? Were the locals happy to see all this go straight into the sea for decades ? The locals who work for county councils, Irish water, vote for government, work for public and civil service, have eyes and ears, produced the ****.

    Why ? Because most people don't care about the environment. That's why. Unless it directly effects them. They absolutely don't give a ****. They can't see for how this effects them and their children's future. They are too busy on the hyper consumer hamster wheel.

    Pumping **** in the sea is just the tip of the iceberg.