clonad is not included on Laois County Council’s list of water mains replacements next year, despite suffering from severe water shortages during dry spells.
The council recently received a government grant to begin replacing old and leaking water pipes, but are concentrating most of their efforts in Portlaoise town, beginning in December with ripping up the road at Kyle Shopping Centre, adjoining the Timahoe road.
Portlaoise councillors are looking for a say into where works will be done. They have requested a meeting with all relevant council staff before plans for these works progress any further to press the case for Clonad.
“We need to go back to the drawing board, and discuss who has responsibility for choosing locations for repair works. At times in Clonad the entire area has no water, especially during summer. They are ringing us, and rightly so, it’s our job to do something about it. Can we not have some discussion to get money for this one? I’m sure there have been no complaints from anyone on the Timahoe Road,” said Cllr Willie Aird.
“There is unanimous concern about Clonad. Is there any way we can transfer some of the money from the Portlaoise electoral area?” queried Cllr Catherine Casey during last Wednesday’s area meeting.
Council engineer Tom O’Carroll explained that the most highly populated areas are a priority.
“On the Mountmellick Road thousands of people suffered last Christmas, and the one before that. Clonad is not at the top because of the number of people living there,” he said.