Responding this afternoon to the revelation that 10% of houses in Dun Laoghaire may be contaminated by lead, Richard Boyd Barrett said Irish Water cannot be trusted with this serious public health issue.
The People Before Profit TD said this recent news that 8,500 homes in his constituency may be contaminated by lead in their water makes it even more urgent that the water services be brought back under state control because the health of people of Dun Laoghaire is at stake. Lead contamination poses serious health risk to babies, children and pregnant women.
It is outrageous to think that the responsibility for this major issue would be left in the hands of a private company that has already failed in the most simple of tasks such as fixing leaks.
PBP councillors in Dun Laoghaire have spent weeks trying to get simple leaks repaired on public roads by Irish Water.
The people in these 8,500 homes need to know now who they are and they need to know what action is going to be taken. Can Irish Water seriously still be considering charging people for poisoned water?”