Wednesday, May 11, 2022

An elected member of Mayo County Council has urged the local authority to make a formal complaint against Irish Water to the European Commission for its non-compliant treatment plants in the county.

Charlestown-based Sinn Féin councillor Gerry Murray called on the council at a monthly meeting on Monday to make the complaint to the EC in light of raw sewage continue to leak into the environment in Newport.

Last November, a report from the Environment Protection Agency highlighted Newport as one of 34 towns and villages releasing untreated sewage into the environment every day, because it does not have a treatment plant.

Irish Water said new infrastructure to eliminate discharge of raw sewage in Newport is at the design state and this means the majority of raw sewage discharges are on track to be removed by the end of 2025.

Cllr Murray said that it has been impossible for the council to have a meeting with Irish Water and he called them “undemocratic” in their approach.

The issue was not voted on, but Cllr Murray has confirmed to the Western People that he will be making a personal complaint to the EC.

The issue was raised when Westport-based Fianna Fáil councillor Brendan Mulroy said that the council should take legal proceedings against Irish Water for the raw sewage leak in Newport.

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