Further standoff over Irish Water works in Limerick northside estate

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

Workers installing water meters at Belfield Crescent in the city this week
THERE was a further, brief standoff between Irish Water contractors, and residents of a northside estate this Wednesday morning.

THERE was a further, brief standoff between Irish Water contractors, and residents of a northside estate this Wednesday morning.

The state water body sought to install water meters at around 40 private properties in Belfield Crescent.

But they were met with anger from residents who were furious the meters were being installed on private property. To add to this, they said that Irish Water, instead of replacing the driveways with red bricks, had left cement exposed.

“They were ripping up red bricks, and saying they would replace them with cement and meter boxes,” Cllr Cian Prendiville claimed.

Many residents were unable to access their homes, it was claimed, due to the works. Instead of the contractors installing the meters on people’s property, residents demanded they be installed on the public road.

“These people are paying for their gardens, their driveways. It is built into their contracts that if Irish Water do any work on their property they have to replace the brickwork exactly as it is. They gave no warning, they dug up. They put the meters in, and replaced them with cement. The brickwork was all thrown to one side.”

One woman at the scene, Mary Honan, claimed: “It is a litigation waiting to happen. I certainly would not allow anyone to come in and deface my property”. Irish Water contractors remained in the area for a short period of time before leaving the site for the day. Irish Water did not respond to a request for a comment by the time the Leader went to press