Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien Furious People Have Become Ill Following Public Drinking Water Failures

Housing Minister Darragh O’Brien says he’s furious that people have become ill following failures affecting public drinking water.

He’s meeting this morning with the managing director of Irish Water and the chief executives of Dublin and Wexford local authorities after the EPA confirmed ‘two serious incidents’ at water plants servicing parts of Dublin and Wexford.

The facilities concerned are at Ballymore Eustace which serves parts of Dublin, and a plant in Wexford which serves Gorey town.

Minister O’Brien says he’s called for an immediate report – and an audit – to ensure water supplies are safeguarded in future:

“It appears Irish Water were not informed when they should have been. And that for five days, or nearly five days, a problem that occurred in the plant in Gory in Wexford wasn’t reported, and because of that, measures were not put in place to mitigate against the contaminant that some people unfortunately ended up drinking, and then becoming ill. So it’s completely and utterly unacceptable, and I’m actually furious, to be honest with you.”


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