Independent councillor Jim Tenanty has queried whether ongoing works in Ardee – as part of the sewerage network upgrades in the town – has led to an increased presence of rats in the area.
Speaking at tonight’s Ardee Municipal District meeting, Tenanty asked whether or not the current work being undertaken might have had an impact after he received a number of reports that rats have been seen running around the town, more so than usual.
“You can anecdotally link the two but it’s very hard to link the two together,” Tenanty was told by the council engineer in attendance. “The fields are ploughed now so rats are being driven into other areas to find food sources.
“Whether the sewerage scheme works are causing an increase, I don’t know.
Councillor Tenanty confirmed some locals have reported to him that rats have been seen coming out onto the streets via the sewers. “There’s been reports they are coming out of the manholes from the sewers. They have been spotted.”
He was told that the council would contact the contractor in charge of the works to see if there was anything they could do to confirm the problem and do anything about it if possible.