Updated: 08/03/17 : 07:09:51
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Dangerous footpath and dirty drinking water highlighted by councillors

Chairman of Tubbercurry- Ballymote Municipal District Cllr Dara Mulvey has called upon Sligo County Council to replace the existing old footpath along a regional and very busy road R293 at Stonepark Ballymote.

The Fine Gael councillor said, "This old existing footpath, pictured, has worn away and the kerbing is broken and submerged down into the ground.The path is now no longer above road level and is dangerous for pedestrians who walk into the Community Sports faciliy and Ballymote Town.

"I want to compliment Sligo County Council on the work that has been carried out on the new footpath out to the Factory units at Ballybrennan Ballymote and hope that this can be replicated on R293."

Meanwhile the ongoing problem with dirty drinking water effecting up to 30 houses in the Fivemilebourne area of Calry has been highlighted by Cllr Thomas Healy, Sinn F้in.

"The situation needs to be resolved immediately and is completely unacceptable for public health purposes.

“I canvassed some thirty houses in the Carrickoneilleen townland in Calry and was absolutely shocked to see the condition of the water that comes from their taps. This water is visibly clearly murky and dirty. It looks undrinkable and residents assure me that all their washing is impaired and machines damaged. Residents tell me that they have contacted the water services of Sligo County Council but have had no resolution.

I investigated the problem and have discovered that the water supply is provided through an old 4inch cast iron pipe, the supply for the rest of the area was replaced but these houses have been left with their old system.

The County Council have assured me that they will flush out the system as soon as possible but this will obviously be a short-term solution. With the imposition of the new water charges people are now paying three times for their water, general taxation, local property tax and the water rates. It is completely unacceptable that Irish Water should consider spending €86 million on consultancy fees whilst not replacing old piping systems.”