The Murrisk Group Water Scheme which was approved last week will include the village of Lecanvey, according to the Cathaoirleach of the local municipal district.
Last week Minister for Rural and Community Development, Michael Ring announced that the Murrisk Group Water Scheme is to be approved, paving the way for the community to be supplied with a new water supply.
There was concern among residents in Lecanvey that the village would not be included in the scheme but Cllr Christy Hyland told yesterday’s monthly meeting of the Westport-Belmullet Municipal District that the village will be included.
“There was huge concern in Lecanvey last week and I got a number of phone calls on it but I want to reassure them that Mayo County Council have confirmed that Lecanvey is on the application [of the scheme],” the Cathaoirleach of the Westport-Belmullet Municipal District said.
“This is something I have pushed for a long time and I wasn’t going to be silenced on the matter. It is a basic human right for people to have access to clean water. It is fantastic that it will be approved and I must acknowledge the local minister, Michael Ring for his work on it. This will result in not only clean water for the villages but also result in tourism jobs and investment,” Cllr Hyland said.
The west Mayo community currently get their water from a source on Croagh Patrick but the quality of the water has been criticised and considered by many to be not fit for consumption. The local community have campaigned for a new water supply and Minister Ring’s announcement was broadly welcomed by Chris Grady, the Chairman of the Murrisk Development Association.
“I want to acknowledge the hard work that the Minister has put into getting this scheme sanctioned and all the other infrastructural works that he has been involved in locally since he was first elected as a local councillor. I must also thank our committee for the huge amount of work put in on behalf of the local community and their patience while waiting for the scheme to be announced,” he said.
Mr Grady, who is also co-Chair of the Belclare to Kilsallagh Rural Water Committee, also thanked Mayo County Council for their work in getting the scheme approved.
“I want to thank Mayo County Council Rural Water Services section for their help in putting our application together and their courtesy in fielding our many enquiries as to when it might happen.
“We appreciate the work of all the other politicians past and present who lobbied and made representations on our behalf over the past 40 years. We look forward to working with Mayo County Council and Irish Water in getting the scheme off the ground as quickly as possible.”
Cathaoirleach of Mayo County Council, Cllr Brendan Mulroy also said the new water supply will be a big boost to the economy.
“The people of Murrisk will get the water supply they deserve and when the project is completed it will be a huge boost to the economy of the area, particularly tourism,” he said.
Fine Gael councillor Peter Flynn added: “The issue of high-quality water for Murrisk has been raised with me on numerous occasions. I, in turn, raised the issue with Minister Ring and the Council. Minister Ring worked tirelessly to deliver this good news to Murrisk and I wish to take this opportunity to thank him for all his hard work in bringing this project to fruition,” he concluded.