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08 Aug 2022

Sewerage feared to be flooding Laois farmland

Sewerage feared to be flooding Laois farmland

A Laois farmer's land is being flooded by sewage, according to a local councillor.

The farmland is in Balladine, Abbeyleix.

Cllr John Joe Fennelly wants Irish Water to investigate the flooding which he suspects may be caused by sewerage pipes going through the land.

He tabled a motion on it to the June meeting of Portlaoise Municipal District.

"This is creating a problem for one particular farmer. If it can be investigated full I would appreciate that," he said.

Laois County Council's water services engineer Trevor Hennessy gave an undertaking to carry out a investigation with Irish Water.

"Laois County Council in conjunction with Irish Water will investigate the public wastewater infrastructure in this area to try and establish if any flooding is being caused by the wastewater infrastructure," he said.

Cllr Barry Walsh asked if the council might need to use CCTV cameras to view internal pipeworks.

The Town Manager Simon Walton said that if this proved necessary, "so be it" and the issue will be followed up.

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