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These TDs are resorting to Twitter to complain about Irish Water services...

Fine Gael TD Noel Harrington said he’s had “no substantial response” to a series of emails and Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere either.

Updated 5.30pm

CORK SOUTH WEST TD Noel Harrington says he’s happy to use every to medium at his disposal to contact Irish Water and raise concerns about supply in the area.

The Fine Gael politician has been Tweeting the semi-state this afternoon on the subject of the water network in the Castletownbere area.

It’s after Irish Water sent out a Tweet warning of supply disruptions…

Irish Water has come in for a battery of criticism over its communications and PR strategy in recent months — but the company has been active on social media, answering questions from customers on local issues, payment options and other issues.

Speaking to TheJournal.ie this afternoon, Harrington said he had emailed the Department of the Environment, Cork County Council and Irish Water CEO John Tierney on problems with the network in the area back in July.

They received “no substantial response”.

“Why wouldn’t I?” was the TD’s answer, when asked why he was using social media to voice his constituents’ concerns.

It’s my job to raise their concerns in whatever manner I can.

For the record — if you happen to be reading this in the affected area, the service disruptions today affect Fanahy, Cahirgarriff, Drom West, Drom South, Drom North, Clonaglaskin and surrounding areas in Castletownbere.

Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty also followed suit today, sending a barrage of tweets to Irish Water, accusing the company of being a “#Shambles”.

First published 2pm

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