‘We want answers now’ say Gleann Riada residents

Longford County Council’s recent admission that it intends launching an investigation surrounding unusually high gas levels on the estate has cut little ice with local residents.

Longford County Council’s recent admission that it intends launching an investigation surrounding unusually high gas levels on the estate has cut little ice with local residents.

A number of locals this week revealed readings taken from carbon monoxide monitors have so far thrown up little by way of results.

Noelle McHale said she was fed up by the delay, saying householders were in desperate need of answers.

“It’s like raw eggs, that was the smell I was getting,” she said. “We need to find out what is going on.”

A few hundred yards down the estate, Veronica Rogers answers her door with a broad grin on her face.

Unlike many of her neighbours, she has to face the daily ritual of gazing out onto the estate’s derelict, and soon to be levelled, apartment block.

“I am delighted to see it,” she remarked amidst a rowdy combination of trundling JCBs and slightly more muted conversations between construction workers . “It was great to wake up yesterday morning and see the work being started.”

That being said, Veronica didn’t take long in turning her thoughts to other, equally pressing factors.

“Though we don’t get it ourselves, there’s a lot of people living in this estate who are getting the smell of sewage coming into their house,” she said. “Then there is the street lighting too. There are some (lights) at the back (of the estate) but there are none here at the front. It’s that dark at night that you just wouldn’t walk out there.”

Those sentiments were backed up by father of two Amit Sehgal. After buying his home in 2006, he told of his long held fears about potentially dangerous methane gases lurking within the four walls of his home.

“I’m still waiting for the report (on carbon monoxide levels),” he said. “It bleeped three or four times that night and I mean loudly. I have been told they are waiting a report from England. I have a two-year-old son and seven-year-old. My mum is on holidays from India here too so I want to see it sorted.”