Residents in Lismacaffrey who claim that untreated raw sewage is being spread on local land, say they cannot go outdoors due to the terrible smell in the area.
Since last week, tractors carrying the sludge from a nearby storage facility in Abbeylara have been arriving at various sites, spreading the waste.
Residents claim that the smell is so “obnoxious,” many have chosen to stay indoors. Others say their health is being impacted upon and elderly people say their lives are now at risk over the situation.
A committee in Lismacaffrey was established last weekend after residents claimed they had failed to secure support from Longford Co Council, Waterways Ireland or the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in respect of the matter.
“For a community to be infiltrated by this stench and then to get no response from any of the relevant authorities is totally unacceptable,” chairperson of committee, Helen Donnelly fumed.
“As a community we can’t breathe fresh air - we have had 10 days now of decomposing human sewage in our air; seven or eight children have become ill over the past week and two elderly people who live directly across the road from where the slurry is being spread cannot go outside their door.”
Meanwhile, over in Abbeylara where the facility to store ‘dry sewage’ has been constructed, residents claim that raw sewage has been delivered to the site on several occasions and there has been a “stench” in the area since last May.
“My brothers live very close to that plant and we were not even aware that it was there until this started,” a clearly annoyed Maura Newman explained.
“I got onto the EPA and they told me that it was for dry sludge only and I can tell you now that it is not dry .
“When the tractors are collecting it, you can see it leaving a trail on the road behind them.”
Another local man with small children said he has been forced to block the air vents in his house to prevent the fumes getting in.
Longford Co Council says no pollutionof any kind has been caused.