Irish Water leaves 'unsightly mess' behind in estates says Grealish

Entrances to homes blocked with barriers left behind by Irish Water meter installers

Irish Water has been criticised by a Galway TD for leaving “an unsightly mess”, including barriers blocking driveways, in areas where the controversial company has been installing water meters.

Independent Galway West TD Noel Grealish has written to Irish Water CEO, John Tierney, demanding the company instruct its installers to carry out their work in a tidier fashion. He added that there were instances in Knocknacarra of households having their driveways blocked off during last weekend by safety barriers which workers had left behind. Numerous plastic barriers and bollards, also used by the meter installers, also remained after works had finished for day, but had "fallen over during the windy weather, adding to the impression of a total mess".

In his letter to the Mr Tierney, Dep Grealish said it was "absolutely unacceptable" that "people cannot park their cars in the driveway of their houses". He added that meter installers "should start and finish the work in one go and not leave it like a building site".

“This is happening in other parts of the city too," said Dep Grealish. "It’s time Irish Water showed people more respect than they have been doing. It would be better if meter installers concentrated on one area and did a neater job than they are doing at the moment."

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