Councillors of the Letterkenny-Milford Municipal District have called for an in-person meeting with Irish Water to discuss persistent issues.
Mayor of the MD, Cllr Donal ‘Mandy’ Kelly, said public representatives feel they are not being listened to during online meetings with the company.
“Since I came into council all meetings with Irish waters have been online, and I personally feel the online meetings are being treated as a tick-the-box exercise,” Cllr Kelly said.
Cllr Kelly said it is clear to see the frustrations of councillors who are seeking answers on water problems in various areas. He cited ongoing issues reported by residents in Rossbracken, Bomany, Conwal and Tullygay as examples of why Irish Water should meet with representatives to answer their queries.
“We need to get Irish Water around the table to get answers to what is going on,” Cllr Kelly said.
“I’m going to keep on top of us for all elected members to have a face-to-face meeting. It’s long overdue.”
Tuesday’s MD meeting also heard a motion from Cllr Donal Coyle seeking to have the water pipes in the Rossbracken area replaced immediately. Cllr Coyle said it was time something was done about the regular pipe bursts which left residents without water on Christmas Day 2021 and New Year’s Day 2023.
“Online meetings with Irish Water are choreographed to suit Irish Water and we need a face-to-face meeting,” Cllr Kelly said.