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A Clare councillor has admitted he had to “run out” of Meelick due to the smell from a water treatment plant.

Irish Water have been requested to detail the current state of wastewater treatment infrastructure in Meelick. ‘Particular problems’ prevail at the facilities at Ballycannon Heights and Elton Court, Cllr Pat O’Gorman (FF) flagged. He believed there was scope to “bring all the wastewater from Meelick and connect to the Limerick main drainage at Knockalisheen”.

Speaking at a recent meeting of the Shannon Municipal District, Cllr O’Gorman noted that sewerage problems at Meelick had been “ongoing for years”. He added, “I went down to visit it one evening and had to run out of it. The smell coming out of the treatment plant going around the houses would knock you”.

He claimed that Meelick was “like a forgotten village”. O’Gorman stated, “There is a playing field right up against it in Ballycannon Heights. It is like third world stuff what we are dealing with. It is something that has to be dealt with”.

Cllr Michael Begley (IND) spoke in favour of the motion. “The development of the Knockalisheen to Roche’s Cross does include upgrade of rising main which will only come to the docking point for the LNDR which will leave it 400m short to pick up problems in Meelick,” he cautioned.

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