A Cork county councillor has accused Irish Water of contributing to the housing crisis in Cork, suggesting that the body is holding up a number of prospective housing developments due to the unavailability of infrastructure.
Fianna Fáil councillor Deirdre O’Brien raised the issue at yesterday’s full meeting of Cork County Council, highlighting how she knew of proposed developments for around 80 houses in Mitchelstown alone which could not progress because of a lack of infrastructure.
The concern was echoed by a number of other councillors, including Fine Gael’s John O’Sullivan, who said the number of houses and developments which were being held up due to the issue was “phenomenal”.
In a report furnished to councillors, director of services, planning, and development Michael Lynch said that Cork County Council was aware that prospective developments have been impacted by the unavailability of necessary Irish Water infrastructure.
Councillors agreed to send a delegation to Irish Water to discuss the issue.
In a statement, Irish Water said: “Irish Water has reviewed the portfolio of projects and programmes in our Investment Plan to ensure we can deliver these in the most efficient and cost-effective way.
“As part of this review process, we prioritise projects and programmes based on new and better information, updated timelines as projects progress and new and emerging needs in our water and wastewater networks, to best serve our customers, support growth, and meet the objectives under our business plan.
“The building, repair and upgrading of Irish Water’s water treatment plants, wastewater treatment plants, water and sewer network will require a multi-billion-euro investment programme over many years.”