NEWS RELEASE                                                                31ST May 2018




Responding to the latest serious water loss in the Staleen reservoir, Drogheda Chamber President Paddy Callaghan is concerned and disappointed that another significant outage has occurred less than a year since the town and hinterland endured a week long outage in July 2017, which affected 100,000 people in the Greater Drogheda area as well as businesses throughout out the region as far south as Ashbourne. He called on Irish Water to rapidly resolve this problem on a permanent basis and meantime urged households and businesses to conserve water as much as possible.


Paddy added “it’s bad enough that this has now happened twice in less than twelve months, but it would be an even greater disaster if it occurred during Fleadh Cheoil na hÈireann which comes to Drogheda in August when Ireland’s largest town will welcome upwards of 500,000 visitors from across the island and abroad and see its daytime population swell ten fold.”


Drogheda Chamber called on Minister Eoghan Murphy to urgently review with Irish Water a commitment made in 2009 to invest EUR 75 million in upgrading the local water supply which serves 100,000 people and businesses in Louth and Meath. “This is all the more critical today, given the Greater Drogheda area is the fastest growing urban centre in Ireland and has been designated as one of the key growth centres in the Government’s “Ireland 2040” Plan. Providing a safe and secure supply of water is critical for the needs of households and industry alike.A permanent solution is long overdue,” concluded Paddy.


Further info from Drogheda Chamber Council Members:


Eddie Phelan    086 812 4055

Brian Hanratty 085 8529585