The power of the Democrat praised

Last week in the Donegal Democrat the discharge of raw sewage on to one of the county’s top beaches was highlighted with graphic photographs and constructive comment - today we are pleased to report that remedial action has been taken by Donegal Council with a full crew working for the last four days to correct the situation.

Last week in the Donegal Democrat the discharge of raw sewage on to one of the county’s top beaches was highlighted with graphic photographs and constructive comment - today we are pleased to report that remedial action has been taken by Donegal Council with a full crew working for the last four days to correct the situation.

Richard Fitzgerald who highlighted the situation told the Donegal Democrat, “I am delighted that after twenty years this problem is in the public domain and is finally being addressed.

“What was happening was just totally unacceptable and was a threat to health and safety.

“Just last week a number of surfers have fallen ill with gastric problems and I can only assume that this may have been caused by the effluent.

“I would like to pay tribute to the Donegal Democrat for highlighting this crucial issue and also to the Chairman of the Town Council for his representations to the Co. Council.

“It is very easy to criticise but some are reluctant to praise when praise is due.

“Donegal Co. Council promised swift action last week and I would congratulate them for living up to their word - the crews have been there since last Thursday working around the clock and I understand that the work is now almost complete.

“I noted from their statement last week that they are hoping to address the whole sewage problem in the near future and I truly hope that once again, they will live up to their words.

“Repairing the leak is only a partial solution.”

The Chairman of Bundoran Town Council, Cllr. Michael McMahon concurred with Mr. Fitzgerald and complimented all those in the Co. Council.

“After the publicity the Council were quick to act and they must be complimented for this - the leak is now almost fixed and we have achieved a temporary solution which will alleviate the potential problems during the European Surfing Championships.

“The beach in Bundoran is the most valuable asset we have not just for surfers but for all users - the situation we found ourselves in last week was embarrassing and just simply unacceptable.

“I would repeat that I will be lobbying to have the Sewage Treatment Plant for Bundoran on the estimates for 2012 and should this not be the case, will bring deputation after deputation to the chambers in Lifford.

“However, a job well done at the moment is a job well done and I would like to thank everybody involved.”