FF seeks Council control for village water

By Dan Walsh

Parish pump politics raised its head in a practical and positive way when village matters were highlighted at the September meeting held under Covid-19 government guidelines at Riverside Park Hotel, Enniscorthy, last Monday, in circumstances that adopted a novel approach with a unified request to vent the feelings of Fianna Fáil members countywide on the relevant local issues.

The old parish pump is preserved as a reminder of village life long ago in the centre of Kilmyshall.

Speaking on behalf of all eleven members (Cllrs  Aidan Browne, Barbara-Anne Murphy, Michael Sheehan, John Fleming, Michael Whelan, Andrew Bolger, Donal Kenny, Joe Sullivan, Garry Laffan, Pip Breen and Willie Kavanagh) of the Fianna Fáil Party, Cllr Lisa McDonald, by notice of motion, asked that Wexford County Council call on the Government to amend the remit of Irish Water to fund County Councils to allow them to deal with increased  capacity and manage waste water systems in rural villages of under  3,000 population to protect the survival and growth of rural Ireland.

“There is a broad consensus that Irish Water is neglecting rural Ireland, in particular, in respect of Ballyhack, Duncannon and Kilmore Quay are reminders of their lack of interest, “ said Cllr McDonald who added; “The 2013 Act that established Irish Water did not remove Wexford County Council as a water utility so the legal structure is already there and we need to put back to the Councils the authority to run the smaller villages.”

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