WhatsApp Email Linkedin Facebook Advertisement MORE than €3mn is to be spent in Co Limerick on replacing 23km of watermain to avoid water being lost through the current leaky system. It comes a week after the Limerick Post reported that the city council was to spend more than €5mn on replacing 19km of watermains. This week, Phil Hogan, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, approved Limerick County Council’s proposals to carry out extensive rehabilitation works in the County at an estimated cost of €3.065mn.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Minister Hogan’s stated: “It is difficult to justify major capital expenditure on new water supply infrastructure unless we also tackle high unaccounted for water levels in the existing supply systems. I expect local authorities to commence mains rehabilitation and replacement works with a value of over €320mn nationwide.”The Council intends to carry out the work to replace 22.865km of watermain along with 624 associated new individual services.According to the Minister’s department, common backyard services will also be replaced in accordance with the relevant Departmental Circulars.The rehabilitation works will tackle pipes that are ranked poorly in regard to age, condition, burst history and that have experienced level of service problems.“The Council’s priorities for water mains rehabilitation are to enhance the water quality, prevent mains failure, identify service pipe defects, improve pressure and flow, reduce interruptions to supply and address leakage and operational serviceability,” a Department of Environment statement said.The Minister’s approval now allows Limerick County Council to prepare contract documents for its water conservation proposals with the view to seeking tenders and having the works commence as soon as possible. Previous articleMcManus ‘embarrassed’ at latest honourNext articleCattle moved from farm under garda escort admin Print Twitter NewsLocal NewsFunds flow to fix County’s water systemBy admin – August 15, 2011 661
Helen O’Reilly has become Ireland’s first top-level female referee in a move that could eventually see her officiate in Guinness Pro12 and European Champions Cup action. Press Association The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) has made O’Reilly the first female appointment to its National Referee Panel. The Women’s Rugby World Cup official has been hailed as one of the “top female referees in the world”, and will now step up to take charge at Ulster Bank League matches. “Helen’s appoinment is based solely on merit but as the first female referee to make the panel she must be congratulated,” said IRFU referee development director Owen Doyle. “Her hard work, dedication and strong refereeing performances have propelled her into the top handful of female referees in the world and into the national panel here in Ireland.” Nottingham solicitor Claire Hodnett earlier this year became England’s first female referee to join the Rugby Football Union national panel. Former Ashbourne RFC and St Mary’s RFC player O’Reilly has been refereeing for less than four years. After completing women’s Six Nations duties, O’Reilly was one of just two female northern hemisphere referees chosen for the summer’s Women’s Rugby World Cup held in France.