Irish Water has no plans to develop three rural sewerage schemes in the county

Irish Water says there are no plans to develop three rural sewerage schemes in the county.

The Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government, Eoghan Murphy, revealed the information in response to a Dáil question from Kerry Independent TD Danny Healy-Rae.

Danny Healy-Rae says Scartaglin, Currow and Beaufort currently do not have sewerage treatment plants, and he requests they be prioritised for sewerage works.

In response, Minister Murphy says Irish Water have no plans or funding allocated for these villages in their 2017-2021 Capital Investment Programme.

He adds Irish Water’s present focus is on addressing deficiencies in existing public water and wastewater systems to ensure compliance with standards.

Minster Murphy says a proposed pilot scheme has not yet been published and, should any location in Kerry suit, Kerry County Council can engage with Irish Water.

Danny Healy-Rae has expressed his disappointed with the reply and he says it demonstrates how little this Government cares about rural communities.