O’Connell Street to reopen next week

Irish Water has confirmed that O’Connell Street in Sligo will be reopened from next week.

It’s planned that O’Connell Street in Sligo will reopen from Wednesday, 30th November, in time for the Christmas shopping.

It’s in line with a promise from Irish Water when the street was closed two months ago for work on the water and sewer pipes beneath the street.

So far, about 510 metres of old water main that was prone to leakage, regular bursts and interruptions to supply have been replaced.

The work also involved the replacement of more than 60 connections to customers on the main water network.

The work was carried out in cooperation with Sligo County Council and Carty Contractors Limited.

Senior Engineer with Sligo County Council Tom Brennan praised Irish Water for the way it has carried out the job in O’Connell Street:

However, there remains some work to be done in O’Connell Street after the Christmas holiday.

Irish Water says the work on lining the sewer has taken longer than expected and will not now be completed until early in the New Year.

But there is no more digging to be done and that sewer-lining work is expected to be finished by the end of February.

Meanwhile, it had been hoped that when Irish Water had finished its work in O Connell Street, the county council could begin its long-awaited work on enhancing the street.

But because of staff shortages, that will not start until at least the autumn of next year, all of which means O’Connell Street is now likely to be fully open — to both pedestrians and motorists — for the foreseeable future.