A number of residents of Dara Park have called for a meeting with Kildare County Council in a bid to solve an intermittent sewage stench that recently caused one resident to leave her home due to headaches and sickness.
Ned and Margaret Kelly who live at 3059 want the council to fix the problem once and for all.
“I get very bad headaches when it smells and I vomit,” said Margaret. “I had to leave my house for a couple of hours about two weeks ago but that was not the first time - it is always coming up and there is sewage on the footpaths. There has to be something wrong.” According to Ned the smell is ‘all over the place’.
Hilda Meehan, who lives with her mother Margaret at 2700, says the smell comes about every time it rains.
“Every time it rains we have a puddle outside the house and there is a smell of sewage coming up the sink in our kitchen,” she said. “We go through a bottle of disinfectant a week. You would be embarrassed going into the house. Or on a very hot day the smell can be awful.
“You just get fed up - my mother is a cancer patient and she keeps getting infections. I can’t blame the sewage problem but she is picking it up somewhere. They [the council] just don’t seem to care. You ring them and tell them your problems but they don’t want to know.
“I sent in a DVD with raw sewage floating around the garden and they told me they never got it. ”
Chairman of the residents association Joe Burke has called on the council to meet with the residents to discuss the issue.
“It is not just an issue with sewage there are major problems all over the place,” he said “Dara Park is a catalogue of problems thanks to 33 years of neglect.”
Press Officer for KCC Annette Aspell said that the council spent €70k on the issue a number of years ago. “The Council would be more than willing in meeting with the residents to discuss the matters at first-hand as there remains a commitment to resolve all matters which fall within its area of responsibility. It might be helpful if the Council could be given a detailed outline of the remaining problems.”