Eamon Scanlon TD

  • Contractors have been appointed for the upgrade works on the Lough Talt water scheme in south Sligo, and work on the €10 million project is set to start in September.

    That's according to Sligo Fianna Fail TD Eamon Scanlon.

    Over 12,000 consumers are currently on a boil water notice, which has been in place for most of the last year and a half - affecting the towns of Tubbercurry and Ballymote and a number of villages and townlands in south Sligo, as well as Cloontia, Doocastle and Quarryfield in Co Mayo.

    A number of weeks ago, Sligo County Council granted planning permission to upgrade the water treatment plant at Lough Talt.

    Irish Water has now confirmed to Deputy Scanlon that contractors have been appointed for the project....

  • As knackeries remain closed around the country, due to an ongoing dispute with the Department of Agriculture, a Sligo TD says an interim solution has been agreed for farmers with fallen animals.

    Fianna Fail TD Eamon Scanlon says farmers can apply to their local agricultural office for a permit to bury dead animals on their land, while the dispute continues.

    Talks between the Department and the Animal Collectors' Association broke down last week, resulting in knackeries across the country closing their gates indefinitely.

    The knackeries claim business is not viable under the current level of funding.

    Deputy Scanlon says he hopes the dispute can be resolved shortly, but in the meantime, farmers can get a permit to bury dead animals themselves....