Government says it will not compensate businesses over water crisis

Update 12.12pm The Housing Minister has said the Government will not be providing any compensation to businesses affected by the water crisis in the North East.

The water supply is slowly returning to normal in Louth and Meath after a week of disruption.

Many businesses suffered significant losses in revenue as a result.

But Eoghan Murphy has said neither the Government or Irish Water will be reimbursing them.

"Unfortunately we are not in the position to give compensation," he said.

"We have to prioritise our funding in to actually fixing and building new pipes but Irish Water have urged businesses to talk to their insurance companies about mechanism for possible compensation."

Earlier: Irish Water have said mains water supply has improved in most of the areas affected by the recent water outage.

Duleek, Stamullen and the coastal areas of Laytown, Bettystown, Mornington, Donacarney and Grangerath should all have close to normal mains water supply today.

A full supply should also be returning to the Ashbourne and Ratoath areas.

However, supply will take longer for a number of the high ground areas and outlying parts of the network.

Irish Water have said the disturbance in the pipework may result in some customers receiving discoloured water for a time, but tests show the water is safe to drink.

They will continue to monitor the supply over the next few days and advice on quality issues or airlocks is available at www.water.ie.


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