Villages such as Kilcommon are being “sentenced to a slow death” due to a lack of infrastructural investment, Cllr Billy Clancy told North Tipperary County Council.
He was supporting a call from Cllr Mattie Ryan for a sewerage system to be built in Kilcommon.
However, in a written reply from Marcus O’Connor, director of services, Cllr Ryan was told that Irish Water was taking over control next year and had indictaed that they would be prioritising current obligations and minor capital works over the coming years.
They were also likely to prioritise on the basis of non-compliance of existing treatment plants with discharge standards.
“A new sewerage collection and treatment scheme for Kilcommon is unlikely to get the major capital funding required, but it will untimately be a matter for Irish Water to decide,” he stated.
Cllr Ryan said if the council were “serious about sustaining the village, we need this”.
Agreeing, Cllr Clancy said that no new development can come into places such as Kilcommon because there is no sewerage scheme.
He was also supported by Cllr John “Rocky” McGrath, who maintained that there was a need to encourage people to come into these small villages.
Cllr Jim casey believed Irish Water “must take responsibility as well as taking our money to provide services”.