4 Nov 2019, 15.01
The Joint Committee on Housing, Planning and Local Government will meet tomorrow (Tuesday) with representatives of Irish Water, the Environmental Protection Agency and other stakeholders to discuss the recent boil water notices issued in parts of counties Dublin, Meath and Kildare.
The meeting at noon in Committee Room 4, Leinster House will also discuss issues affecting water quality and boil water notices nationwide with Irish Water, the EPA and officials from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government and Fingal County Council.
Ahead of the meeting, Committee Chairman Noel Rock TD said: “The recent incident that left over 600,000 people in parts of Dublin, Kildare and Meath facing boil notices and several days without safe drinking water was not satisfactory. It is a problem faced on a regular basis by other communities across the country. We will be seeking assurances from Irish Water and the other stakeholders that they have taken measures to ensure that such incidents are not repeated. We are also interested in hearing about how they are tackling water quality issues nationwide. We also want to engage with them on they will improve their communications with residents who are affected. Members also want to hear from the EPA on what actions it is seeking from Irish Water to ensure it meets its obligations to supply safe drinking water and prevent further problems arising.”
Committee proceedings can also be viewed on the move, through the Houses of the Oireachtas Smartphone App, available for Apple and Android devices.