Irish Water causing blockage to progress in Laois estate councillors claim

Sinn Féin & Fianna Fáil councillors demand action in Ballylinan

By Seamus Dunne


By Seamus Dunne


Irish Wat er causing blockage to progress  in Laois estate councillors claim

Irish Water is stalling work on a pumping station in a housing estate in Laois according to county councillors.

Speaking at a Portarlington/Graiguecullen Municipal District meeting on Wednesday (Feb 15) alleged Cllr Aidan Mullins asked for a report on the taking in charge of the estate, Whitethorn Grove in Ballylinan.

Planning Officer Pat Delaney, in a written response, said a water services report was required on the upgrade/repair of a pumping station at Whitethorn.

“This has been requested and a reply is required prior to progressing this estate for taking in charge,” he said.

Cllr Mullins beleived the water utility was holding progress up.

“I’ve a feeling that in six months’ time we’ll still be waiting for this (report) to come back. I think Irish Water are holding up this process because they do not want to spend money on the pumping plant,” he said.

Fianna Fáil's Cllr Padraig Fleming: “For two and half to three years we are still waiting for Irish Water. They need to be giving us a timeline.”