29th May 2014

Fine Gael TD for Kildare North, Anthony Lawlor, is urging Kildare County Council to work with Irish Water in a proactive and speedy manner to ensure that estates can be taken in charge without delay.

“It has been brought to my attention that Kildare County Council are being prevented from taking estates in charge until a Memorandum of Understanding with Irish Water has been agreed upon. This is leaving many residents in limbo as they desperately want the local authority to take charge of the upkeep of their estate but due to Irish Water taking responsibility for water services this can not presently occur.

“I tabled a Dáil Question to the Minister for Housing, Jan O’Sullivan TD, about this issue and she has informed me that

“My Department, in consultation with Irish Water and the local authorities, is currently working on developing a protocol in relation to the taking in charge of estates. It is expected that this protocol will be finalised in the coming weeks, following which further advice will be issued to local authorities in relation to this matter.”

(Dáil Question No. 90 29th May 2014)

“Once this protocol is finalised it is imperative that all local authorities, and I am particularly urging Kildare County Council, to expeditiously work with Irish Water to find a resolution.”