What's Happening at Doldrum Bay
Sep 12, 2016 — The sewage from 39 homes has continued to pour out onto the beach all summer. It is still flowing undisturbed into the beautiful and protected coastal Howth environment.
Irish Water have committed via the EPA to a short term solution being in place by the end of September. This short term solution consists of putting a pipe out into the sea and diverting the sewage off the beach. This will still be an illegal discharge and they will remain in breach of their Ringsend License. It also raises questions about their right to carry out work on the foreshore at all. A costly process no doubt. Irish Water have assured the EPA that they are moving forward with a long term solution.
An unsightly and unauthorised warning sign has been installed on the cliffs 15 minutes walk from the site of the discharge. It has no name or contact details on it but presumaby was erected by Irish Water. Another development is the installation of a fine wooden bench overlooking the bay. Giving with one hand and taking away with the other.
Regarding this survey - I have repeatedly tried to contact Simon Coveney via email, social media and directly to his office in an attempt to arrange a handover of our document. I have received no reply or acknowledgment. Unfortunately our petitioning efforts have fallen on deaf ears and a firmly closed door despite Minister Coveney having boasted that his door would always be open to people concerned with the marine environment.
Many thanks indeed for your support and warmest regards, Patrick.