A discharge from the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant into Dublin Bay earlier this year
Irish Water has announced in a press release:
Irish Water is carrying out essential maintenance works at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant in the coming days in order to reduce the risk of odours from the plant.
These works are essential maintenance works on one of the odour control units at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant, and involve replacing carbon odour control media to ensure any odours generated in the primary clarifiers are effectively treated.
There may be intermittent odours while these works are carried out.
The works will start immediately and will take approximately five days. Irish Water would like to apologise for any odours that arise while the work is being carried out.
A discharge from the Ringsend wastewater treatment plant into Dublin Bay in February
Now that the public has been made aware that sewage is allowed flow into Dublin Bay with every heavy bouts of rain, we should not be waiting for a plant extension to cater for these events.
Land is plentiful down at Ringsend with numerous empty derelict buildings lying there for years. They should build a number of steel tanks to hold the “shock load” of these heavy rainfall events. This sewage can then be treated as normal when the weather is dry.
Surely a simpler, more practical and cheaper way of dealing with this problem?
Protect Dublin Bay,
Raheny, Dublin 5.
We at Little Prince just released our first Irish short. It was an independant production, filmed in Ringsend, Dublin with an all Irish cast [including Jack Gleeson and Aaron Blu Heffernan] and crew, in association with Wonderfulgood art collective. We thought we’d pass it on to you kind folk.
In the last decade of the 18th century, the Pigeon House, Dublin (shown above) was the scene of a sad series of tragic events, beginning with the death of Richard Power, Chief Baron of the Exchequer, a ‘morose, fat, fellow… very learned, very rich and very ostentatious’.
Having been accused of embezzling from the Court’s funds, and failing in an attempt to shoot his accuser, the Lord Chancellor, Power rode to the Pigeon House, handed his horse to a servant and entered the sea carrying an umbrella (it was a very wet day). His body was washed up some time later.
News of the death of such an eminent legal figure set off a rash of repeat drownings. In the months following, at least one attorney and not a few clients, also died by the same means at the same spot.
Accounts vary as to whether Power killed himself out of guilt or chagrin at being wrongly accused. He was already extremely rich, but the origins of his fortune were somewhat murky. Peculator or sensitive soul bullied to distraction by the machinations of his colleagues, he remains one of the very few Irish judges to have died by their own hand during their term of office.