Raw sewage flowing onto popular Cork beach, says councillor

Raw sewage flowing onto popular Cork beach, says councillor
Cork County Hall.Picture Denis Minihane.

RAW sewage is flowing along Point Road onto Point Beach, just beyond Crosshaven village, it has been claimed.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Audrey Buckley raised the issue of wastewater flowing into the popular area at the latest Carrigaline Municipal District meeting at County Hall.

“The number of people that walk that area and the number of emails I get from people, something has to be done.” Ms Buckley said that she has had meetings with a number of individuals including Irish Water and no one was taking responsibility for the problem.

Ms Buckley requested a report to be carried out on the area to look at the problem and put together options to rectify the sewage issue.

The report has been estimated to cost €25,000 but will allow the local authority to then seek funding to solve the open stream of wastewater.

Fine Gael councillor Aidan Lombard said that this is the kind of issue that the local authority should be spending money on.

“Whatever way it is funded, it needs to be funded,” Mr Lombard said.

Independent councillor Marcia Dalton also agreed the problem was unacceptable.

“It is a Special Protected Area and a local amenity and to have raw sewage flowing into it is entirely unacceptable and it is accessible to the public and in some cases, the public can and does interact with it.” When funding of €25,000 was requested for the report, County Engineer Madeleine Healy laughed.

“I fully support the need for something to be done there. Unfortunately, my budgets are road budgets and I wouldn’t be allowed pay for a report of this kind. It is certainly not something that the local area office could pay for or afford.” Ms Buckley said, as a new councillor, she finds it very frustrating to be pushed from pillar to post.

Independent councillor Ben Dalton O’Sullivan said the accountability of Irish Water on this matter needs to be scrutinised.

Council officials agreed to seek clarity on whether Irish Water is responsible for the issue and the matter is to be discussed again in February.

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