New funding to tackle Irish water shortages

Following months of water shortages across the country the Irish Government is pouring additional funding into water management.

More than 20million Euros is to be spent on improving water networks on top of the 870 million Euros the Government has already pledged.

Making the announcement last week Green Party leader and Environment Minister John Gormley said the cash would assist city and county councils with running costs on their water and sewerage treatment plants.

A total of 22million Euros is on top of the Local Government Fund general purposes grants of 870million Euros, notified to authorities earlier this year.

Mr Gormley said: "I am pleased to be able to make these allocations to financially support local authorities in running their water services infrastructure and in meeting their environmental obligations.

"Given the ongoing economic difficulties, this continuing high level of expenditure reflects the Government's ongoing commitment to preserving and protecting our water resources."

More than half a million Euros will be spent solely on improving the water works in Clare County where water shortages were heavily felt earlier this year.

Luke Walsh



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