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Miltown Malbay water works brought forward

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Upgrade works to the water main serving Miltown Malbay and surrounding areas has been brought forward.

It follows a request from Clare TD, Michael McNamara (IND) to Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien to accelerate the start date. Improvements to the water supply in Miltown Malbay were due to commence at the beginning of 2021 but will now start in the third quarter of this year.

Deputy McNamara told The Clare Echo that he received confirmation from Minister O’Brien on Monday evening that the upgrade works for the watermain serving Miltown Malbay, Annagh, Coore, Mullagh and surrounding areas is to be brought forward.

He stated, “Following the 50th outage in 4 years over the weekend, I requested the Minister and Irish Water to bring the commencement date forward considering a contractor had already appointed. This news will be very much welcomed by the business owners and customers across the affected areas”.

Both McNamara and O’Brien were involved in a Twitter exchange on Sunday. Minister O’Brien asked Irish Water on the social media network to explain and urgently provide a reason as to why there was another outage in West Clare.

Minister O’Brien tweeted, “I allocated additional €43M to Irish Water for leak reduction and improvement measures for works this year as part of July stimulus. Substantial works across all 26 counties will be undertaken with this fund”. He committed to following up specifically on Miltown Malbay and then provided the Scariff native with an update on Monday.

Páraic McMahon is Head of News & Sport with The Clare Echo. The Newmarket-on-Fergus native also writes for national papers including The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent and The Irish Times along with doing work for RTÉ, Today FM, TheJournal.ie and The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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