A Mayo TD is calling on Irish Water to amend its Capital Plan to include a new public water supply scheme from Westport to Louisburg.

The matter was discussed at a well-attended public meeting in Lecanvey last night, where residents pledged their support for whatever action is needed to secure a safe public water supply for the villages of Murrisk, Lecanvey and Kilsallagh and the town of Louisburg.

Residents in these areas are currently depending on water from Croagh Patrick streams, which is then treated locally, while many are buying bottled water for drinking.

The issue has been ongoing for a number of years, particularly as Murrisk is a national pilgrimage site with hundreds of thousands of people coming to the area to climb Croagh Patrick every year.

Landowners are now threatening to block access to Croagh Patrick unless a new public water scheme is put in place, while the possibility of closing access to beaches on the southern shores of Clew Bay was also discussed at last night’s meeting.

A committee is being set up to campaign for a public water supply for the area stretching from Westport to Louisburg, but Irish Water says such a scheme is not on the current Capital Investment Plan.

Mayo County Council says it’s willing to work with the local communities in setting up a Group Water Scheme in the area, but the majority of local residents insist a public scheme is the way forward and last night’s meeting heard that they will support whatever action is needed to secure such a supply.

Mayo Fianna Fail TD Lisa Chamber attended last night’s public meeting in Lecanvey.

She intends to raise the matter in the Dáil, and is calling on Irish Water to amend its capital investment plan to include a new public water scheme from Westport to Louisburg….

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