There continues to be no movement on the plans for works on the Waste Water Treatment Plant in Mitchelstown, despite assurance from politicians that there would be a meeting held to advance the meeting earlier in the summer.
On 20th July, a representative for Deputy Minister James O’Connor confirmed that he “is continuing to work on securing a meeting with Darragh O’Brien to address the outstanding issues with Irish Water.”
It was the beginning of May 2021, over three months ago, that the Fianna Fáil TD for Cork East raised the issue in the Dáil with Minister for Housing, Darragh O’Brien.
Minister O’Brien committed to a meeting with Irish Water in the summer, and to meeting Deputy O’Connor in relation to the issues.
On 30th June, Deputy O’Connor had confirmed in a phone call to The Avondhu that the meeting would be held imminently.
The Avondhu has contacted both Minister O’Brien and Minister O’Connor in relation to the matter, but has yet to receive a response.
Irish Water confirmed that they are continuing to investigate and “liaise with the relevant stakeholders with regards the improvement works for Mitchelstown Waste Water Treatment Plant.”
“This interim solution is still at the initial assessment stage in terms of technical viability and planning compliance. Irish Water has prioritised the improvement works for Mitchelstown Waste Water Treatment Plant and have allocated budget accordingly.”