'Are we going to lose that €100,000?" Concerns over Irish Water impact on Carlow village

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Irish Water works need to be carried out before funding can be drawn down for Town and Village Renewal projects

"Are we going to lose that €100,000?" Cllr Willie Quinn asked Carlow County Council over what he claims is a delay in Irish Water works in Tinnahinch which is preventing the local authority from drawing down Town and Village Renewal funding. 

Last year, Tinnahinch was allocated €99,532 for "village enhancement and tourism" under the scheme and he is concerned that Carlow will miss the deadline to draw down the funds this September. 

Speaking at this month's meeting of Bagenalstown Municipal District, he said: "The Town and Village funding is be drawn down by September or we lose it.

"Irish Water were supposed to go from Bagenalstown to Tinnahinch to carry out [watermains rehabilitation] works but they've gone to Tullow and we're now into July.

"Are we going to lose that €100,000?"

Director of Services at the local authority, Dan McInerney, said he didn't realise there had been a switch and he would look into it. 

Cllr Quinn added that he was told they would start on the infrastructure works before September of last year. 

Mr McInerney said every release from Irish Water says the works are carried out "in partnership with Carlow County Council". 

He added: "Tinnahinch will be a true test of 'in partnership with Carlow County Council'," and he said he would ensure that works start "as soon as possible". 

Irish Water have been contacted for comment.