Thursday, September 08, 2022

Cllr. Jarlath Munnelly has welcomed the confirmation that the Downpatrick Head Group Water Scheme in Ballycastle is finally to be connected up to the mains water supply.

The Downpatrick Head GWS has been complete for some time, but has remained unconnected to the public water mains, due to a standoff over connection fees between Mayo County Council and Irish Water. Cllr Munnelly has now confirmed that this matter has been resolved. Irish Water and Mayo County Council are discussing with contractors for the connections to be completed soon.

“I have been informed by Irish Water that this matter is now resolved – the works on building this water scheme are complete for some time, but it hadn’t been connected to the mains. This was causing a lot of annoyance amongst people locally who were waiting years for a proper water supply. But that’s now going to be resolved.”

Cllr. Munnelly had been in contact with Irish Water, and had raised the issue with his colleague in the Oireachtas.

“I’d like to thank Mayo County Council and Irish Water for their work to resolve this issue. Also, all of my colleagues who lobbied and helped to get this matter resolved, and indeed who lobbied to get this water scheme delivered. This has been a priority for me, and it’s wonderful that this is now being sorted out – finally.”

In conclusion, Cllr. Munnelly said that news was another important step in the upgrade of water service in the Ballycastle area. He stated that just a few years ago, there was no public water scheme in the Downpatrick Head area, and that Ballycastle was being supplied from a well that had been the subject of a cryptosporidium outbreak. But now that had all changed.

“Just a few years ago the locals in Downpatrick were struggling with very poor quality water, and Ballycastle itself had been hit by a cryptosporidium outbreak. Now, the Downpatrick GWS is about to be connected to the public mains, and the wider Ballycastle area is also part of the Lisglennon public water network. That is good progress.”

Comments are closed.

Contact Newsdesk: +353 96 60900

More Connacht News

Prestigious accolade for Mayo native