Family’s dream home sits empty after Irish Water demand €66k connection fee

first_imgA West Donegal man says he cannot move his family into their dream home after Irish Water demanded more than €66,000 to place a water pipe at their home.Danny Boyle has spent the past two years building the house in the Gortahork/Gaoth Dobhair area.Mr Boyle has a partner and 18-month-old child and is anxious to move into the property. However, Irish Water has demanded a total of €66,700 for all the works to place a 270 metre water pipe into the new build.The bill includes €7,000 for the company to dig up the street to tap into a connection on the main line.Mr Boyle told Donegal Daily that he simply cannot afford the huge bill but without water, he cannot move into the house.He said “We have spent the past two years building the house and we are at the stage of putting in the stairs. “We have been so looking forward to moving in and then we got this bill from Irish Water.“At first I thought it was a joke or a mistake but this is what they want to put in a three quarter inch water pipe into our home and to tap into the supply.“We simply cannot afford it and we cannot move into a house which does not have any water supply.”Mr Boyle along with local county councillor Michael Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig met with representatives from Irish Water yesterday in a bid to resolve the matter.However, Mr Boyle said that Irish Water refuses to budge on the price of the connection. “I thought that when we secured the meeting that we could agree to something but they refuse to move on the connection fee. I simply cannot get my hands on that kind of money and as it stands I cannot move into the house,” he added.Councillor Mac Giolla Easbuig said that having met with senior Irish Water management, the Boyle family are no further forward.He said they have been left with three choices, none of which are acceptable.“They can emigrate, go to the bank and look for another €70,000 or they can move into a house without water. “None of these options is acceptable and Irish Water have it in their power to help this young family. They are now further forward and this is not acceptable but I am not giving up on this,” he said.He added that the problems facing the Boyle family will only deter other families form moving back to Ireland and setting up home here because of the huge costs now associated with getting water connections.A spokesperson for Irish Water said the standard charge for connections in the vicinity (within 10 metres) of the existing public network is €2,272.However, where new infrastructure is required such as mains extension to provide a service to the applicant’s property Irish Water will undertake a detailed design to identify the project requirements.They say that site surveys and investigations may also be required, including engagement with statutory authorities such as the local authority to procure a road opening licence.The following additional works will be required as part of the delivery project:Materials required to complete the extension;Excavation in all surface categories, temporary and permanent reinstatement in all surface categories;Works required for connection to the distribution or trunk water main/main sewer, commissioning and testing; andTraffic management, road opening licence and associated cost, night time working hours, liaison with local authorities and agencies.Although Irish Water says they cannot comment on individual cases, the €66,700 charge put on the Boyle family to connect to the water mains is as a result of these requirements.EndsFamily’s dream home sits empty after Irish Water demand €66k connection fee was last modified: August 4th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:connectionDanny BoyleGaoth Dobhairgortahorkwaterlast_img read more

Searching for Natural Selection in a Wildflower

first_imgEvening snow (Linanthus) is an amazing little wildflower that adorns desert areas of southern California.  Its blossoms open in the evening, spreading fragrance across a harsh landscape.  Two varieties have been noticed; one with white flowers, and one with blue flowers.  Scientists noticed that the white ones sometimes grow on one side of a ravine, and the blue ones on the other; in other places, the two varieties grow in a blue-white mosaic.  Is this pattern due to genetic drift (i.e., chance), or to natural selection?    Elisabeth Pennisi wrote about this in Science.1  Her opening line might open some eyes about the difficulty of deciding a question this simple: “Sixty years ago, studies of these patterns provided key support for a powerful evolutionary theory.  Now, two evolutionary biologists have found that the theory doesn’t hold in this species.”    Two researchers decided to settle the debate with a long-term field study.  Their decision was that natural selection was the winner, at least a little: “In the seed-transplant studies, each color flower typically did best on its own turf, indicating that selection played a role.”  There may have been some environmental influences at work, in other words, that tended to make one color predominate in one environment and the other in different environments.  But is anyone certain?“The study shows the unimportance of drift in Linanthus,” says evolutionary biologist Masatoshi Nei of Pennsylvania State University in State College.  “In this sense, [the] finding shakes the ground of the shifting balance theory.”  But he is cautious about making generalizations, given that other studies suggest otherwise: “The relative importance of selection and drift depends on the genes and populations studied.”1.  Elisabeth Pennisi, “Natural Selection, Not Chance, Paints the Desert Landscape,” Science, 19 October 2007: Vol. 318. no. 5849, p. 376, DOI: 10.1126/science.318.5849.376.So in a 13-year study, these scientists could only point to a little bit of natural selection that might have played a role in the color pattern of two varieties within the same species?  And they expect us to believe that science has proved that humans have bacteria ancestors due to this wondrous mechanism of natural selection?(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Professional Hairdresser’s Butterfly Hair Clips – butterfly Hair Clips

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