Worrying news for local towns contained in EPA report

Irish Water says it’s failed in keeping to a schedule promised to the EPA to deliver critical wastewater infrastructure in Ireland, including a local town in Donegal.


The Environmental Protection Agency released a report showing there are 35 towns and villages in Ireland where raw sewage is released into the environment every day.


In a report on urban wastewater treatment for 2019, the agency accuses Irish Water of pushing back deadlines and of having “no clear plan” for 23 of the towns and villages including Kilcar in Donegal.


In all, 33 places are unlikely to receive treatment until an undetermined date after 2021.


Irish Water have also identified 113 priority areas where improvements are needed to meet EU standards.


Included on this list are Tubbercurry and Ballymote in County Sligo.


Managing Director of Irish Water Niall Gleeson has admitted the utility is behind schedule:



Ballymote Tubbercurry Independent Councillor Joe Quenan has expressed his Surprise that Easkey has not been included on the priority list.