By Elizabeth Lee
THE long-awaited upgrade of the sewerage system at Royal Oak is about to begin, with Irish Water connecting the system to Bagenalstown’s. The matter was discussed at the October meeting of Bagenalstown Municipal District, when cllr Michael Doran said that while welcoming the news that the works were to begin, it was still necessary for Irish Water to expedite the project as quickly as possible. Director of services Pádraig O’Gorman replied that the project was on Irish Water’s priority list and that work is due to start “early next year”.
Cllr William Quinn then expressed concern about work that Irish Water had begun “three or four years ago” at Tinnahinch, which was never completed.
Cllr Andy Gladney welcomed news about the works at Royal Oak, but asked how would it impact financially on local businesses and households because he had heard from certain businesses in the Royal Oak area that it would be “very expensive”. Mr O’Gorman said that it was up to Irish Water to determine the charges for connection.