Councillors’ Serious Supply Questions for Irish Water CEO

Fáilte: Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald (left) and Cllr. Charlie Farrelly would welcome a visit from Irish Water CEO Cathal Marley to discuss the failing supply line issues in the Cordal and Farranfore areas. They have jointly sponsored a motion calling on Kerry County Council to issue that invitation to Mr. Marley. ©Photograph: John Reidy

At the most recent meeting of the Castleisland / Corca Dhuibhne Municipal District Council a joint, emergency motion was sponsored by Independent Cllr. Charlie Farrelly and his Fianna Fáil colleague, Cllr. Fionnán Fitzgerald.

They called on Kerry County Council to write to the CEO of Irish Water, Cathal Marley  requesting that the Donegal native appear before a meeting of the municipal district to answer some serious questions resulting from ongoing and outstanding problems that have arisen in the Cordal and Farranfore area in particular .

Old Asbestos Supply Pipe

Included is a question on the time frame involved in replacing the old asbestos supply pipe-line in Cordal and the problematic mains pipe on the L-3002 road near Farranfore Village.

The abysmal history of the supply line in Cordal can be read by the patchings on and along the side of the approach road between the village and Castleisland.

That supply line was interrupted again last week for the 25th time in three years and the pipe-line in Farranfore burst four times in one week just recently.

Obvious Dangers of Asbestos

Cllr. Farrelly said that there are houses in the Cordal area in which the water pressure dips so much that it can’t be depended on to supply the upstairs rooms.

“Apart from the obvious dangers of an asbestos supply line, these are serious questions to which we and the people waiting for a reliable supply of water need answers to and that’s why we put this motion forward at the meeting,” the councillors said.

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