CLLR Kevin Sheahan has expressed serious concern about raw sewerage flowing into the River Deel in Askeaton and said he intends to prosecute Irish Water if they do not take immediate action to resolve the problem.
Cllr Sheahan is furious that there is no sewerage treatment plant in Askeaton and also pointed to the absence of treatment plants in other West Limerick towns including Glin, Shanagolden, Foynes and Kildimo. According to the Fianna Fail councillor, sewerage sludge is currently flowing into the Deel “24/7”.
“This is not fair, this is not just, and this is not legal,” fumed Cllr Sheahan.
As Ireland’s new national water utility, the councillor is insisting that Irish Water address the issues in Askeaton as a matter of urgency. Responsible for providing wastewater services, Cllr Sheahan is determined to see Irish Water held accountable and pointed out that they can be fined €500 for every day this issue goes unresolved.
“If this is what it takes I will do it until they come to their senses,” warned Cllr Sheahan.
He called on the Limerick City and County Council to have Irish Water at the next meeting to explain their plans to address the problem.