MEP raises Gleann Riada issue in Europe

Independent MEP Marian Harkin has confirmed that she is liaising with experts at the European Commission in an attempt to find a solution to the “unacceptable” situation at Gleann Riada estate, just outside Longford town.

Independent MEP Marian Harkin has confirmed that she is liaising with experts at the European Commission in an attempt to find a solution to the “unacceptable” situation at Gleann Riada estate, just outside Longford town.

“Over the past few weeks I have been engaged in discussions with the European Commission on the problems faced by householders in the Gleann Riada estate,” Harkin said.

“There are a number of European Directives governing the management of waste water systems and we are investigating the situation to see if Gleann Riada complies with - or in fact contravenes - this legislation,” the MEP told www.longfordleader.ie.

“Ireland is right now before the EU Court of Justice in regard to the national septic tank situation and we are investigating whether the severe sewage problems at Gleann Riada represent a further infringement of that directive.

“The residents of Gleann Riada are being asked to live in an unsafe environment. They fear for their properties, their children’s safety, and their own safety.

“I will be organising a visit of residents to meet Commission officials so that they can receive information and guidance on the matter, and - if appropriate - involve the Commission in helping to resolve the current untenable situation,” the Independent MEP concluded.