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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Restaurant owners furious as council cuts off their water

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Louise Eglington of The Bay Restaurant, Clontarf Road.
Louise Eglington of The Bay Restaurant, Clontarf Road.

DUBLIN restaurant owners are up in arms amid claims that Dublin City Council (DCC) failed to notify them of a disruption to water services.

A large patch of the city may experience "reduced pressure and a temporary loss" in service between 6am this Sunday and 6am on Monday while a water connection is being made.

The areas likely to be affected are: Artane, Clontarf, Dollymount, Donnycarney, Edenmore, Harmonstown, Malahide Road and Raheny.

Boost

Thousands of GAA fans will flock to nearby Croke Park for this year's Allianz League final this Sunday, potentially bringing a massive boost in business to restaurants in the affected area.

However, restaurants and bars have been left outraged by news of the shortage on one of their busiest trading days.

A number of eateries say they only found out about the disruption when contacted by the Herald.

"This is the first I've heard of it," said Raheny restauranteur Cathal McHugh.

The owner of McHugh's Wine & Dine said the disruption could have a "disastrous" effect on business on one of his busiest days and complained that he hadn't been notified.

"I own a business. The council should proactively be trying to get in contact with me.

"They need to make sure they get in touch rather than just sticking it up on a website somewhere and hoping for the best," he said.

Mr McHugh added that the disruption could have a very serious effect on local restaurants. "We need hot and running water in this business to wash crockery, prepare food, keep the place clean, and even for flushing toilets.

"This could cause significant problems for us with disastrous effects - it could see us having to close our doors on the day."

Louise Eglington, of Clontarf's Bay restaurant, echoed Mr McHugh's words and said a potential outage would have a "serious impact on their busiest day."

Restaurants Association of Ireland (RAI) chief executive Adrian Cummins said disruptions like this could cause some businesses "serious financial strain".

"A lot of restaurants are going to lose a lot of money. If they have to shut, it means no income and serious pressure."

Mr Cummins said that he had received a number of queries from proprietors who had received notification from the council earlier this month. But added that it "just wasn't good enough" that some hadn't.

"There is a serious lack of communication here. It is an outrage".

Mr Cummins said he expressed his concerns to DCC earlier this week about the shortage falling on a Sunday.

He said he was told that this day was chosen because it offered the least disruption to traffic flow. He said the excuse was "not good enough".

We still don't know what further outages are planned in the future," he added.

Disruption

The disruption will also have a major effect on the city's bars on what is to be a bumper weekend for sport.

The owner of Connolly's in Clontarf, David Connolly said it will affect his trade.

"I didn't know about this, we will have a full pub for the Chelsea v Arsenal game.

"We will need to have buckets of water ready to flush the toilets."

A spokesperson for Dublin City Council has said they could not comment on why some people did not receive notifications.

"The works are being carried out on a Sunday to minimise the impact to businesses. The water works will result in a loss of pressure. We do not anticipate a loss of service," a statement said.

The council also insist that water tankers will be available at various locations on the day.

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