Fianna Fáil TD for Sligo-Leitrim Eamon Scanlon has urged the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government and the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to instruct their Departments to prioritise the Irish Water application which can bring about a solution to the boil water notice currently live in Sligo.

Deputy Scanlon commented, “There are currently 13, 600 homes and businesses across Sligo on boil water notices due to traces of cryptosporidium in the water. This has caused much hardship for the residents, restaurant and hotel owners, and the many others who have to boil water before using it.

“Once again, I have raised with the Minister the urgent need for this to be fixed and clean, safe drinking water returned to the area.

“Irish Water had applied for planning to Sligo County Council, who have done everything they can to grant this application, however it has been sent to the Department for Housing, Planning, and Local Government. This has dragged on and has been held up in the Department due to the IROPI legislation it comes under. This legislation is unique to planning issues which can only be granted by the Minister for Housing, Planning, and Local Government.

“The Minister must make this matter a priority for the nearly 14, 000 people who remain on boil water notices today,” concluded Deputy Scanlon.