By Dan Walsh
Independent TD for Wexford, Verona Murphy, has called on the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien TD, to appoint an independent investigator to the recent contamination of the water supply in Gorey.
Deputy Murphy brought the issue to the Dail today (Wednesday) in the form of a topical issue. She said; “The investigation into the contamination of drinking water in Gorey in recent weeks which is presently an internal investigation by Wexford County Council and Irish Water into their own activities will not resolve public confidence in the provision of clean drinking water”.
The Deputy added; “An Independent investigation must be conducted without delay, people could have died because of the mismanagement and communications debacle around this incident. The investigation into this most serious matter must be both transparent and yield real accountability and no scapegoating at junior staff level in either organisation.
“I have called on the Minister this morning on the Dail Floor as well as writing to him on behalf of the people of Wexford asking that an Independent investigation be conducted immediately, concluded Deputy Murphy, who added; “It is not best practice that an investigation of such a serious matter would be conducted by those involved, being judge and jury from the inside is neither transparent nor effective in ensuring this never happens again.”