Ramsgrange should be connected to a new sewerage treatment plant that will serve nearby areas, a Fine Gael General Election candidate has said. Verona Murphy, a Dáil candidate in Wexford, has called on Irish Water to reconsider its decision to exclude Ramsgrange from the new infrastructure at Arthurstown.
“Ramsgrange is a village with a post office, community hall, two schools – including one which is being extended – shops, pubs and restaurants. It beggar’s belief that it has not been included in the scope of this project.
“The mission to help Duncannon Beach regain a blue flag is an exciting project for the area and will be a great boost for residents and for increasing tourism – but it could be put at risk unless we also tackle the problem of untreated waste in Ramsgrange also. Studies show the stream in Ramsgrange can be contaminated and this has the same effect on shellfish and bathing waters as elsewhere. The current set-up, which sees private infrastructure discharging waste-water into local waterways, does not serve our long-term ambition for the area as a whole.
“I hope Irish Water will revisit this issue and see sense. Ramsgrange must be added to the current project as a thriving village which is likely to only expand. If this is a funding issue then it makes sense to act now and not down the road when it will be more costly. “Top-class water infrastructure is vital if we are to protect our natural environment and future-proof our water supplies,” Ms Murphy concluded.