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Thursday, 28 March 2019 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Quality of water intended for human consumption (A8-0288/2018 - Michel Dantin)

  Marian Harkin (ALDE). – Madam President, today we voted on our obligation to provide our citizens with water that’s fit to drink. But unfortunately, because of consistent failures by successive Irish governments to protect habitats in Special Areas of Conservation (SAC) that they themselves designated, we have a situation whereby 12 000 people on the Lough Talt scheme have a boil water notice in place for 12 months and are likely to have it in place for the next 12 to 18 months because of the presence of cryptosporidium and unacceptable levels of THM in their drinking water. This is a disgrace. It’s totally unacceptable that 13 000 people are paying the price for foot-dragging by successive governments. If proper safeguards had been put in place 15 years ago, there would be no need for further boil water notices.

The pattern in Ireland is, if you’re an individual wanting to build a house, dig a drain or erect a fence in an SAC they come down on you like a ton of bricks. If you’re a state agency, the rules are ignored.

Last updated: 8 July 2019Legal notice