Independent TD Mattie McGrath has said the delay in commencing work on the Burncourt-Fethard Regional Supply water scheme is looking more and more like a calculated insult to the residents of the region.
Deputy McGrath was speaking after he has once again sought an immediate response from the Minister for the Environment as to why the delay has become so protracted:
“On December 3 Fine Gael Minister Tom Hayes welcomed the announcement by Minister Phil Hogan, that €12.4 million euro has been approved for the Burncourt, Fethard Regional Supply scheme.
“Nearly 5 months later however the residents have yet to see anything resembling work on the project occurring.
“This is simply appalling and serious questions need to be asked at this stage if the money was actually allocated or merely promised.
That funding was supposed to allow the County Council to award the contract to provide Water Treatment Plants and ancillary works at Cloran, Fethard and Glengarra, Burncourt, which are critical elements of the scheme.
“This is particularly sickening for residents of Skeheenarinky, as 40 households in that area have been issued with a 4 year boil water notice as a result of cryptosporidium being detected in their water supply.
“We need urgent answers about this matter and more importantly we need a clear timetable for the works to be announced and no more of this Fine Gael blarney about funding being granted while the people of the Burncourt/Fethard region go on waiting and waiting,” he said.