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Saturday 10 December 2016

Editorial: Lead home owners need help for fix

The bill to fix this issue is estimated at up to €3,000 per household. Some households will qualify for a grant to partially pay for the fix but many will receive no Government assistance.
The bill to fix this issue is estimated at up to €3,000 per household. Some households will qualify for a grant to partially pay for the fix but many will receive no Government assistance.

IF you live in the certain parts of Dublin it now appears that your quarterly water bill may be a drop in the ocean compared to the €3,000 cost you’ll incur to have your pipes replaced.

This is the situation facing thousands of homeowners whose water is being supplied through old pipes which are contaminating the flow with high levels of lead.

The bill to fix this issue is estimated at up to €3,000 per household. Some households will qualify for a grant to partially pay for the fix but many will receive no Government assistance.

That such a cost is becoming known now – on the eve of the last deadline to sign up to Irish Water – is a slap in the face to the many households who dutifully signed up to the utility.

Is it right that they be afforded partial or no assistance to fix their pipes?

Lead in water is a serious health issue. The Government must do more to assist householders.

 

Charity skim is shocking

FUNDRAISING for medical treatment can be a challenging task.

It doesn’t help when criminals target your good cause to steal from it.

That’s what happened to Rathfarnham woman Denise Ryan, who is suffering from a life-threatening condition as a result of contracting Lyme Disease while living abroad.

Despite her illness, Denise has managed to collect thousands of euro in donations.

However, to her horror, she’s discovered that criminals have skimmed €6,000 from her fundraising account over the past week, leaving just €3 in it.

This money is badly needed to pay for Denise’s treatment and prescriptions. The callousness of such a theft is shocking.

The matter is under investigation.

We can only hope that the funds are recovered

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