The recent press release from Irish Water is a totally unacceptable misrepresentation of the facts and a smoke screen to cover up Irish Waters gross failings, abuse of power and squandering of public monies.
In their statement they refer to the safety concerns regarding their contractors. This is an absurd and preposterous slur on our local community in Moville and Greencastle and a deliberate attempt to denigrate our legitimate concerns and those of the Lough Foyle Fishermen.
IW through their spin doctors want to divert attention away from their duty of care regarding the introduction of a drilling platform on Lough Foyle. They had consulted with no one and received permission from no one. This cavalier approach is indicative of an attitude that might is right and their way or no way.
Who made this decision, why was it made and at what cost was it made are legitimate questions. Why did they not consult locally and with the local fishermen? Did they consult with the Lough Agency who had received many queries both from fishermen and political representatives? Queries were raised only after there was major concern after the platform was assembled at the end of Carrickarory Pier.
With egg on their face they now play the oldest trick in the book by placing blame elsewhere. The CFCE/ Save the Foyle reject outright Irish Waters malicious slur on our local Community and our Local Fishermen, whose voice must be heard and not shouted down by such insinuations.
Following this debacle we ask someone in Authority in IW to realise that the proposal being pursued is destructive to Lough Foyle, its beaches and fisheries. We repeat that unique terms and conditions apply to Lough Foyle, being a transboundary jurisdictional area. The IW reps agree that the situation is "complicated" but carry on regardless. If they proceed as heretofore they will again run into "unchartered waters" with inevitable consequences for the tax payer. Who will be accountable for this or will they again apportion blame elsewhere?
⏭ Enda Craig is spokesperson Community For A Clean Estuary