On the one hand, they’re up in arms about plans to test septic tanks.
What are the tests for?
To make sure the tanks aren’t polluting the groundwater.
You’d imagine that everyone would welcome tests like that in the interest of protecting a vital natural resource, but instead tere’s uproar, organised opposition to the plan, and the government’s resolve is beginning to crumble, so there you have it. Even though there are probably thousands of malfunctioning septic tanks around the country, people don’t want to know about the danger that they might pollute the drinking water.
Now, on the other hand, we have proposals in Leitrim to carry out fracking, and there’s more uproar. Rural people are lobbying the government to make sure that fracking is banned.
Why? Because it might pollute the groundwater.
So let me get this straight, now. Are they against one sort of pollution but not too bothered about the other? Logically, this would mean that the same people in Leitrim would be attending two different meetings with diametrically opposite objectives. The first would be to insist on measures to prevent pollution from fracking and the second would be to fight tooth and nail against controls on sources of pollution. They might even hold the two meetings at the same time.
Item 1. Stop pollution here.
Item 2. No pollution testing here.
Now that’s doublethink if ever I saw it. Just as well Mattie McGrath can talk from both sides of his mouth at the same time.