Ireland steps up drinking water campaign

A record €100m is to be spent this year by the Irish government in an "all-out assault" on poor quality rural water supplies. Environment minister Martin Cullen warned on Monday that the country's image was being "dragged down" by longstanding problems with rural group water schemes and pledged to solve outstanding issues before leaving his post. "Everyone must shoulder the wheel for one massive push to bring closure to this issue," he added. Dirty drinking water led to an EU court condemnation for Ireland just three months ago (EED 14/11/02). See press release.

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