“New flood defences from marina to Aldi were well tested” 

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From our Municipal District Director of Services, Eamonn Hore (Roads, Transportation, Water Services, Health & Safety, New Ross Municipal District.)

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Update from the National Emergency Coordination Group on Severe Weather: 1pm – 20 October 2017

Update from the National Emergency Coordination Group on Severe Weather1pm – 20 October 2017
· ESB Networks has restored power to 343,000 homes, farms and businesses since Monday.

· Water has been restored to 106,700 customers, with 2,300 remaining without supply, down from a peak of 109,000.


· Our road networks are open again, subject to some specific local issues.

The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government as the Lead Government Department for the response to severe weather is continuing to monitor the progress of the response and to liaise with other Government Departments who are engaged with service providers, including Irish Water and ESB Networks, in relation to their own sectors. These engagements will continue as a matter of routine. Local authorities are being advised to factor in rest for those staff who have cleared practically all roads and who are removing debris.


The Department has also been in contact this morning with Met Éireann, OPW, Irish Water and the ESB with regard to Storm Brian and continue to monitor the progress of the storm and its path across the country tonight.


Giving wind strengths and timing, we are of the view that it does not present exceptional public safety issues. However, it is likely to impact on ESB work and may increase the current number of customers without power upwards again. Crews will almost certainly be stood down from work as the storm passes.


Updates from various sectors regarding outstanding issues and the enormous progress that has been made are set out below:


ESB Networks Power Restoration

· 343,000 homes, farms and businesses have had their power supply restored since Monday.

· Electricity has been restored to 23% more homes, farms and businesses than were affected during Storm Darwin that hit Ireland in February 2014. Restoration has also been faster to date.

· However, 42,000 homes, farms and businesses remain without power this morning. The rate of progress numbers-wise from here will slow down as each individual fault restores a smaller number of customers. Also, with the weather forecast to deteriorate the conditions that the crews are working in makes the restoration effort more difficult and slower.

· A total of 3,800 staff are now working on the ground.


· ESB Networks has published “estimated restoration times” for all customers who are still without power on its PowerCheck app and on its website http://www.esb.ie/esb-networks/powercheck


· Every available resource continues to be used to restore all services.


Irish Water

· Irish Water, working closely with the ESB and the local authorities has made significant progress in getting drinking water back to those affected by Storm Ophelia. From a peak of 109,000 customers without drinking water, this has now been reduced to 2,300. Those affected customers are on small schemes including; nine schemes in Cork affecting 488 people; 12 schemes in Waterford affecting 533 people; 5 schemes in Wexford affecting 757 people; and one scheme in Kilkenny affecting 500 people. There are still 100 people on one scheme in Tipperary who are at risk of running out of water.

· Working with the local authorities, Irish Water have deployed 50 generators that are keeping water flowing for 51,000 customers.

· Wastewater plants were also affected by power outages with 148 going off-line. Conscious of the very serious potential impact on receiving waters, Irish Water worked with the ESB to prioritise sites for reconnection, moved generators to other sites and tankered waste away where possible. There are now nine wastewater schemes left without power and Irish Water are working to bring these back on line as soon as possible.

· As Storm Brian approaches, the Irish Water Crisis Management Team will continue to meet and resources such as generators, water tankers and bottled water for vulnerable customers will remain in place in those counties expected to be affected.
Defence Forces
Continue to support ESB networks on aerial recce of power lines.

Continue to assist the ESB with fallen cables on the ground.

Further Defence Force assistance today includes the provision of water bowsers in Galway and Kilkenny and filling of sandbags for flood defences in Limerick.

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine has liaised directly with dairy processors though the Department’s local dairy inspectorate and with ESB Networks. Dairy processors have identified suppliers where problems exist and contingency measures are being put in place. As more information on power restoration is being made available, processors are better placed to direct resources where necessary. The Department will continue to liaise with dairy processors.


The Department’s Animal Welfare Helpline, which gives guidance on protecting animal welfare and safety, in addition to responding to urgent requirements for emergency feed provision, has been operational throughout the period of the storm and continues to be monitored.


Key Public Safety & Information Messages


ESB Networks continues to highlight the dangers posed by fallen live wires and is advising the public and the emergency services to stay away from these fallen cables and to report such cases to it immediately. ESB Emergency Services can be contacted at 1850 372 999.

Currently, there are 42,000 homes and businesses without power. Customers can check their estimated reconnection time regarding their individual situation using the PowerCheck app or by logging onto (https://www.esbnetworks.ie/). Cork, Tipperary and Kerry have been worst affected, and it is anticipated that it will be early next week before power is fully restored to a small number of customers in these areas.

Health services will return to normal over the next few days, however some continued disruption is likely. The public can expect some delays in their appointments with the HSE contacting clients whose appointments have been cancelled to reschedule them as soon as possible.

The public are asked to continue to check on vulnerable and isolated neighbours. If they need to make contact with services please assist them utilising the phone numbers that have been publicised.

Phone charging in areas without power has a been identified as an issue, and it is suggested that portable battery packs could be obtained, in particular for those more vulnerable or isolated people who may not be able to obtain them themselves. People are also advised to make use of their car for charging their phones.

While our road networks are open again, subject to some specific local issues, drivers are advised to remain vigilant on the roads over the next few days and throughout the weekend.


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@IrishWater & @WexfordCoCo Co. Wexford Water Supply Update: Friday 20/Oct

Substantial progress has been made in restoring public water supplies across the county. The areas of Monamolin and Glynn remain without water, and we are working to get temporary power supplies in place.  

We recognise that households who are dependent on private wells may also be without water due to continuing electricity outages, and therefore water tankers will remain in place at the following locations for an extended period.


· Ramsgrange (tanker)

· Terrerath church 

· Ballycullane Daybreak car park

· Foulkesmills post office 

· Clongeen school 

· Bannow Community centre

· Boolavogue – church car park

· Monamolin – outside church

· Oulart -opposite church

· Kilmuckridge- Ballinlow

· Glynn

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Update regarding ESB supply in the New Ross Municipal District as of 1800 this evening:

From our dynamic District Manager:

Update regarding ESB supply in the District as of 1800 this evening:

A large number of customers were reconnected in Ballycullane this afternoon. They are still working in that zone.

There is an estate in Ballycullane still out and will be until tomorrow.

Approx 1,200 customers in Clonroche will be reconnected within the hour.

A further large section of the District from New Ross to Campile should be back tomorrow.

The ESB will then fall back on smaller outages, eg the Estate in Ballycullane, Marsh Lane/South St, New Ross.

Issue at Castlemoyle/Irishtown is solved.

Depending on winds on Sat ( Status Orange from the SW) most customers should be recommected.

The ESB said that current individual outages from now on should be registered on the Customer Services webpage.

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@IrishWater / @WexfordCoCoWater Supply Update – Thursday 19 October, 11.00am

Water Outages in the following areas:









Limited area in Kilmuckridge




IBCs (Intermediate Bulk Containers) have been delivered to following locations and will be topped up throughout the day.

Terrerath Church 

Glynn Church (opposite garda station)

Ballycullane Daybreak car park

Foulkesmills Post office 

Clongeen School 

Bannow Community centre

Boolavogue Church car park

Monamolin Outside church

Oulart – Opposite church

There are also large stationary tankers in the following villages





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@IrishWater “working to restore water and secure supply for Wexford customers in wake of #Ophelia”


The Irish Water Crisis Management Team was mobilised over the weekend and has overseen the impact of the storm on water and wastewater centres from the National Operations centre in Dublin along with the Operations teams in each of the three regions. The principal impacts were loss of power to treatment plants and pumping stations, pipeline bursts which couldn’t be repaired until conditions were safe for crews and direct damage to facilities. Irish Water are currently working with the ESB and the local authority staff to restore water and secure supply for customers around the country.

At the moment Irish Water estimate that there are:

69,000 customers with no supply (down from 109,000 at the peak)

Where customers were reliant on water storage this number has decreased by 260,000 to just over 100,000 and their full supply has been restored.

Counties worst affected by the outages are Cork and Waterford

During the last two nights, ESB Networks has been working on several of these schemes and we are confident that these numbers will be significantly reduced in the coming hours. In many other schemes, generators are maintaining power supply pending full restoration of mains service.


To meet the demands of those plants without power, working with the local authorities, Irish Water put 16 generators in place at drinking water plants. This has restored supplies to 78,000 people in the most impacted areas of the south of the country.


We have a further 23 generators on route to assist to restore supplies to 64,000 in the most impacted areas, particularly around the south of the country.


Irish Water is currently co-ordinating up to 30 water tankers to the affected areas and are working with local authorities to ensure we have more if we need them.

In Wexford, a number of customers in the county are continuing to experience water outages due to power cuts associated with Storm Ophelia. Areas affected at present include Bunclody, Kilmuckridge, Clonroche, Duncannon, Arthurstown, Ballyhack and Ballycullane village.
Irish Water is working with Wexford County Council to restore these supplies as quickly as possible. Where it is going to take longer to get power back, generators are being brought in where we can and water tankers being deployed to assist affected communities.
In the meantime we would ask that customers who have a water supply would conserve their water.
We also have a number of wastewater treatment plants and a significant number of sewage pumping stations where power failure is resulting in discharge of untreated or partially treated wastewater to receiving waters. As with drinking water, the number of installations affected are being reduced as power supplies are restored. We currently estimate that approximately 30 wastewater treatment plants are without power nationally. Our focus now is to get these plants fully operational as soon as possible.


The Irish Water Crisis management team will be maintained in place until these issues are fully addressed. Our focus is on working with ESB Networks to prioritise schemes for power restoration, looking at options for supplies which may continue to be affected including deploying generators where this is practical and making emergency tankered supplies available where necessary. We will be providing information to communities affected and contacting vulnerable customers who need support.


Irish Water would like to thank the ESB Networks for all their assistance during this storm event and where possible prioritising the restoration of power supplies to the water and wastewater treatment plants.

Irish Water is grateful for the commitment of its staff and those of the local authorities who are working to address the issues arising from the storm as quickly as possible. We are also grateful for the patience and forbearance of our customers during this event.

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New Ross: @wexlibraries Week 2 of #ChildrensBookFestival 2-31/Oct 2017 w/@WexfordCoCo

Week 2: New Ross Library

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For @SinnFeinIreland #budget2018 is about choosing a side. #sfonyourside Príomh-mholtaí Shinn Féin:

Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael have chosen their side – it is the same side they have chosen since the foundation of the state – the side of the elites, the bankers, the property developers, the crony politicians.

With this document, Sinn Féin has also chosen a side, the side of the ordinary people, families, workers, children and public services.

Among our key proposals are:

Rachfar i ngleic le géarchéim na dtralaithe agus tabharfar aire do dhaoine scothaosta. Cuirfear ar fáil 500 leaba breise in ospidéil, 2 mhilliún uaireanta breise de chúnamh baile agus 2,500 pacáiste breise de chúram baile.

Tackling the trolley crisis and caring for older people with 500 more hospital beds, 2 million additional home help hours and 2,500 extra home-care packages.

Beidh 10,000 teach sóisialta agus 4,500 teach is féidir a cheannach ann aghdófar faoina leath táillí naíolann le haghaidh tuismitheoirí agus beidh méadú ar phá ar fud na hearnála.

10,000 social homes and 4,500 genuinely affordable homes.

Halving crèche fees for parents while increasing pay across the sector.

Beidh méadú de €5 ar gach íocaíocht leasa shóisialaigh aoise oibre, €4.50 le haghaidh pinsinéirí agus glacfar an tIdirphinsean ar ais, agus beidh méadú de €6 do dhaoine míchumasacha.

Increases of €5 for all working age social welfare payments, €4.50 for pensioners and restoring the Transition pension, and €6 for people with disabilities.

Beidh níos lú ranganna ann ó bhunscoileanna ar aghaidh go hinstitiúidí teicneolaíochta, 950 post le haghaidh múinteoirí acmhainne agus SNA, agus laghdú de €500 ar tháillí mic léinn tríú leibhéal.

Smaller class sizes from primary school right through to institutes of technology, 950 resource teacher and SNA positions, €500 reduction to third level student fees.

Earcófar 800 garda nua agus 500 d’fhoireann shibhialtach le dul i ngleic le hoidhreacht na déine inár gcóras dlí.

Recruiting 800 new gardaí and 500 civilian staff to combat the legacy of austerity in our justice system.

Cothromaíocht i gcúrsaí pá ar fud na hearnála poiblí.

Pay equalisation throughout the public sector.

Plean chun tionchar na Breatimeachta a mhaolú lena n-áirítear tacaí le fiontar agus mórchlár infheistíochta caipitil.

Brexit mitigation plan including enterprise supports and a major capital investment programme.

Is é an toradh a bheadh ar Cháinaisnéis Shinn Féin le haghaidh 2018 ná 5,000 oibrí sa bhreis a fhostú sa líne thosaigh agus tacódh infheistíocht bhreise Chaipitil le 16,000 post freisin.

Sinn Féin’s Budget for 2018 would result in direct employment of over 5,000 additional frontline workers with our additional capital investment supporting 16,600 jobs also.
I am asking you to read this document and promote it. In your communities, in your offices and in your homes.

Príomh-mholtaí Shinn Féin

Sinn Féin – On Your Side.

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#LocalPropertyTax – @WexfordSF statement

There are three issues here: cause and effect, the distribution of costs, and priorities.
In terms of causes: 
We know well about the removal of the local government fund, for which the Local Property Tax was a way of externalising costs onto counties. This was a Central Government decision.
There was also the issue of the hole punctured in our budget, by the statewide “Globalisation of Rates” for certain commercial entities. Compensation for which is unlikely for the future. Another Central Government decision, and cause of problems, whose effects we are supposed to solve.
In terms of the distribution of costs:
Over the past decade, Statewide household income has fallen on average by about 15% (even higher, for the lowest incomes).[1]
Additionally to this: there are what the ESRI call “Policy Induced Losses” as an extra burden [2]. From the legion of so-called small charges and cuts, these amount to about a further 10% for an average family, to 20% for unemployed singles.
What concerns us, is that in voting for an increase, we are in principle validating this entire system, and insulating central government from its responsibilities.
We publicly warned last year the council was setting a precedent: new charges rarely go other than in one direction – up. This confirms we were correct.
There is also the looming danger in 2019 of increasing property prices, bumping people into higher tax brackets – without a guaranteed corresponding increase of disposable income to service these charges first.
We are certainly not against investing in innovative Capital projects. We appreciate that locally we are left with only certain levers to control our own path, in the absence of other central government support.
However, we can validly question whether everything on this wish-list has to be given the same priority, if it means continuing to increase the full spectrum burden on local property tax payers.
As one concrete example: we are concerned about the lingering possibility for the proposed Rosslare-Waterford railway line to be deconstructed by stealth, in the pursuit of a greenway project. 
An otherwise laudable attempt at creating tourist amenities, should in no way threaten to key transportation infrastructure connecting the South and West of Ireland, to Rosslare Europort – this is especially true on the eve of Brexit.
Nonetheless, we could still allocate €400,000 local funding per year, of the €2,000,000 proposed for 3 years for that project. That could cover both the 10% raise suggested – and a 3% Local Property Tax reduction from the base. 
But we are not suggesting that only one project should be focussed on; maybe not every high-end marina or prestige project needs to be given front priority, all at once.
This is especially true if we are asking the public to bear other increasing costs and charges as well.
We continue to call for a 15% Local Property Tax reduction over 5 years (3% a year).
[1] https://www.esri.ie/pubs/BP201802.pdf Table, p.10 

[2] https://www.esri.ie/news/distributional-impact-of-tax-welfare-and-public-service-pay-policies-budget-2016-and-budgets-2009-2016/

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The Dáil is currently debating a motion on housing from the @SinnFeinIreland team:

The Sinn Féin motion calls on the government to make a number of policy changes. These include:

1. substantially increasing the stock of social houses owned by local authorities and approved housing;

2. a new affordable housing programme in 2018 to enable middle income households to access private rental and private purchase housing at affordable prices
3. a capital investment in social and affordable housing substantially greater than that outlined in Rebuilding Ireland
4. new measures to stop the flow of people into homelessness by providing greater protections for private renters and greater supports for those in long term mortgage distress
5. a clear commitment that no family with children will be left in emergency accommodation for more than six months and that no person will be forced to sleep rough due to lack of safe and appropriate emergency accommodation.”

Back ground

· The housing system in this state is broken. The government policy launched with much fanfare in July 2016 by former Minister Coveney has not made a dent in the crisis.

· During his stint as Minister the number of families in emergency accommodation every month has gone up, this trend has unfortunately continued under Minister Murphy.
· Murphy announced a review of Rebuilding Ireland and has been “kite flying” via the media for a number of months regarding what changes will be brought in.
· Some recent media announcements include a vacant homes tax, a new mortgage to rent scheme, giving land to developers in exchange for more social housing and an affordable housing scheme.

For more information regarding what specific changes we would make please find attached a copy of our submission to the Review of Rebuilding Ireland.

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