A Mayo Senator is calling for Government action to help Downpatrick families who have been without a water supply for over ten years.

Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin raised the issue of 17 Downpatrick families who must go to a pump in Ballycastle for water in the Seanad.

The project was named a number one priority by Mayo County Council ten years ago, but it was refused funding under the Multi-annual Rural Water Programme 2019-2021 as the cost per unit exceeds the €9,000 per house threshold by €4,500 per house.

The area is unsuitable for the boring of well water because natural soil conditions make the water untreatable.

The Mayo Senator expressed her disappointment that a panel comprising of EPA, Irish Water and Department officials, didn’t deem the Downpatrick project worthy of exceptional funding

Senator Mulherin told Midwest News that she is confident Minister Eoghan Murphy will look into this project and ones like it in more detail.

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