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No need for fright on lead pipes in Portlaoise
By Seamus Dunne @laoisnews

Lead piping—where is it? That was the question at a Portlaoise Municipal District meeting.

Cllr Jerry Lodge called on the County Council to help householders to ascertain if they had such piping and enable them to avail of grants to replace it.

He stressed: “I don’t want to scare anyone.”

Administrative Officer Mary Donohue, in a written response, said the Council hadn’t received any queries to date to a grant scheme designed to assist low income households to replace lead pipes.

Cllr Lodge: “The question is not being answered. How do I know if I have lead pipes in my house or not?

Elderly plumbers will tell you that parts of the town are full of lead pipes.”

Cllr William Aird: “The older estates were all lead piping.

I guarantee that lead piping is on the Main Street.”

Cllr Caroline Dwane Stanley told of a Dr Murphy Place resident who couldn’t afford to remove lead pipes. She asked: “Could we get a list of Council houses with lead pipes?”

Director of Services Kieran Kehoe said the responsibility of the water network stopped at the gates of houses.

The Council could write to Irish Water about the issue, he added.

Cllr Catherine Fitzgerald: “We could be sending out a message frightening people.”

Mr Kehoe said there was no need to be frightened as the water was tested regularly.