Sinn Féin spokesperson on Water Eoin Ó Broin TD has commented on the findings of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2018.
The report findings show that raw sewage from 36 towns and villages is still being released into rivers and seas across the State.
Deputy Ó Broin said:
“The EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2018 published this morning finds that waste water treatment is completely inadequate in many areas.
“The report highlights how in 21 large towns and cities waste water treatment did not meet mandatory EU standards, these cities include Dublin and Cork.
“The report also indicates that 36 towns and villages are releasing raw sewage into the environment.
“Worryingly 50% of the raw sewage comes from only three areas, Arklow, Cobh and Kilmore Quay, Wexford.
“This State’s historic failure to invest in wastewater treatment is damaging to the environment and to people’s health.
“The EU Commission has already commenced infringement proceedings against this State for urban waste water treatment infringements.
“Priority must be given to investment in the Arklow, Cobh and Kilmore Quay.
“I have requested a topical issue debate on this matter today and I hope to raise it with the Minister responsible Eoghan Murphy.”