Louth Sinn Féin general election candidate Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú has said that the completion of a new wastewater treatment facility in Omeath is absolutely vital.
Councillor Ó Murchú made his remarks following the release of the ‘Urban Wastewater Treatment Report’ by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) which states that 36 towns and villages across the state, including Omeath, are releasing untreated sewage into rivers and seas.
As things stand the problem is not expected to be rectified until 2021 but Cllr Ó Murchú feels the new wastewater treatment facility planned for the north Louth village is vital.
He said: “The EPA report published this morning makes for grim reading.
“There are six towns in County Louth listed among 120 urban areas where improvements are needed to resolve our environmental priorities.
“Blackrock, Castlebellingham, Dundalk, Dunleer, Omeath and Tallanstown are all falling short of their environmental obligations.
“This demonstrates the outworking of the state’s historic failure to invest in wastewater infrastructure.
“It is not good enough and the EU Commission has already commenced infringement proceedings against this State for urban waste water treatment infringements.
“The government must address this issue immediately.
“I have written to Irish Water regarding the progress of the new wastewater treatment facility in Omeath,” he said.
Sinn Féin councillor for the Omeath area, Antóin Watters added: “It’s completely unacceptable that in Omeath, an area of natural beauty, with a strong tourism offering, the equivalent of 800 wheelie bins of raw sewage is being discharged into Carlingford Lough every day.
“I have supported the planning application submitted in March by Irish Water to construct a new treatment plant at Omeath.
“The application achieved planning approval in July and Irish Water have indicated that this facility should be complete by 2021.
“I will continue to monitor the progress of this essential piece of infrastructure for our area.”