Raw sewage entering water at 44 sites around Ireland

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https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/1024/914731-epa_-_irish_water/

The Environmental Protection Agency has said that the pace of improvements to Ireland's waste water treatment infrastructure is falling far short of requirements.

It has initiated seven prosecutions against Irish Water over sewage discharges over the past ten months.

It found 44 areas where untreated sewage from the equivalent of 120,000 people is being discharged directly into the environment each day.

It comes 26 years after EU standards were set and 12 years after the deadline for complying with those standards has passed.

In its 2016 Urban Waste Water Treatment Report, the EPA said that sewage treatment at 50 of Ireland's 185 largest towns and cities is failing to prevent pollution and protect public health.
Difficult to comment on this to be honest, except to say that it doesn't seem to bother anyone. Morning Ireland had a very hostile interview with the person responsible in Irish Water which seemed to imply that it was all his/its fault despite IW being the hapless inheritor of this em mess !
 


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https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/1024/914731-epa_-_irish_water/



Difficult to comment on this to be honest, except to say that it doesn't seem to bother anyone. Morning Ireland had a very hostile interview with the person responsible in Irish Water which seemed to imply that it was all his/its fault despite IW being the hapless inheritor of this em mess !
Totally biased reporting, Mr Sh1t needs to be given equal time to defend the people of Tipp's divine right to sh1te in the Suir.
 

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Dublin People - Tolka River suffers fish kill

"HUNDREDS of fish were killed in the River Tolka last week after a blocked sewer in Mulhuddart caused pollution to flow downstream for almost three kilometres.

Up to 500 fish are believed to have died during the incident, which is being blamed on an old car tyre being dumped into a sewer pipe leading to a manhole cover overflowing.

Sewage was then discharged into the river from Mulhuddart Bridge to the back of Connolly Hospital in Blanchardstown."
 

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The tough questions need to be asked of Murphy, SF, assorted loony lefties and the water scrounger campaign.
 

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Let the squeezed middle pay for it. They enjoy clearing up after their betters.
 

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The tough questions need to be asked of Murphy, SF, assorted loony lefties and the water scrounger campaign.
Really? As to why, 26 years (22 years before IW came into being) after EU Wastewater Directive was put in place (Ireland didn't have a derogation from this), the equivalent of 120,000 people's excrement is dumped into the sea, rivers and lakes? Why not ask the tough questions of FF, FG, Labour, Greens and PDs who were all in power during this period and effectively did nothing? Need I remind you IW (a much needed body IMO), only came into being because the Govt was strongarmed into it during the bailout?

Wise up.
 

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https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/1024/914731-epa_-_irish_water/



Difficult to comment on this to be honest, except to say that it doesn't seem to bother anyone. Morning Ireland had a very hostile interview with the person responsible in Irish Water which seemed to imply that it was all his/its fault despite IW being the hapless inheritor of this em mess !
Water Pollution must be a substantial factor in many of the cases where children are born with life-changing disabilities.
 

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The tough questions need to be asked of Murphy, SF, assorted loony lefties and the water scrounger campaign.

Horse shít. Questions need to be asked of the politicians who prioritised forking over a half billion to a mate's company to install water meters, ahead of investing in water treatment
 

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Horse shít. Questions need to be asked of the politicians who prioritised forking over a half billion to a mate's company to install water meters, ahead of investing in water treatment
That's not even the issue either. The issue is why this country has failed to live up to its obligations for 26 years.
 

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That's not even the issue either. The issue is why this country has failed to live up to its obligations for 26 years.

It is an issue because it blows a hole in the 'precious resource/EU will take us to court/etc. arguments
 

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It is an issue because it blows a hole in the 'precious resource/EU will take us to court/etc. arguments
No, it is an issue, but it's not the main issue. Bad as it is, it is secondary to a quarter century of official neglect and dereliction of duty, being an issue of the last couple of years. And, unless they were wastewater meters (such a thing exists, but not for domestic supplies) it's a bit less relevant. And, don't be surprised if the EU don't take action, they've already made one judgement this year, so there's less than a year for IW to get this on track before fines kick in.

https://www.rte.ie/news/2017/0215/852854-waste-water-treatment-european-commission/
 

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No, it is an issue, but it's not the main issue. Bad as it is, it is secondary to a quarter century of official neglect and dereliction of duty, being an issue of the last couple of years. And, unless they were wastewater meters (such a thing exists, but not for domestic supplies) it's a bit less relevant. And, don't be surprised if the EU don't take action, they've already made one judgement this year, so there's less than a year for IW to get this on track before fines kick in.
We'd be better off thinking of this as our long-term collective problem rather than some temporary political blip that can be easily fixed. The politicians haven't acted because neither they nor we have seen it as important.
 

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We'd be better off thinking of this as our long-term collective problem rather than some temporary political blip that can be easily fixed. The politicians haven't acted because neither they nor we have seen it as important.
Sighs. But Sf, lefties, Paul Murphy... it's the wholesale swallowing of this crap that keeps us lagging behind everyone else.

"Sure we're incompetent to the point almost of criminality at times, but look over there - Gerry Adams..."

There is NO accountability in official Ireland.
 

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We'd be better off thinking of this as our long-term collective problem rather than some temporary political blip that can be easily fixed. The politicians haven't acted because neither they nor we have seen it as important.
The reason politicians failed to act is because it was left to local authorities to run the water and sewage systems. People prefer to spend money on roads than water systems, out of sight, out of mind. No votes in cleaning up sh1te, ask Mattie.
 

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Donegal, Clare and Cork seem particularly blessed.
Up here in Donegal we have not an inch of motorway or a millimeter of railway, what we do have is a substandard hospital and gardai straight from another wild west and if the wind is right we get to smell our own sh1te.
 

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Their is 3 sites in Mayo, Bellmullet a new SP is being built at the moment, Killala are to have a SPS b 019 and Newport in 023. Their has being problems with the Killala one for years with planning and a location for the plant being the problems.
 

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Seems that the Great Financial crisis is droning on. The banks have been decorating their balance sheets and share price with the "misinterpretation" of the contracts with mortgage-holders, a chance prog on RTE radio related how so-called "non-fee paying schools" were collecting all sorts of charges from the parents even before the kids had managed to get enrolled in the school. Raw sewage? Yuck... tip of the iceberg.
Try even getting a pay as you go top-up. The cheapest one with Meteor/Eir just went up 100% from €5 to €10 ... needless to say I don't do much phoning.
 


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