Northern Ireland

'Collective failure' over water crisis in Derry

There was a "collective failure" among the statutory agencies responsible for the handling of the recent water crisis in Londonderry, a Sinn Fein councillor has said.

The criticism came during a meeting between the Housing Executive, Derry City Council, NI Water, Roads Service, and a number of community organisations on Tuesday.

Sinn Fein councillor Maeve McLaughlin said the agencies were told "on no uncertain terms they had abysmally failed the people in this city in relation to the emergency action plans that were put into place over the last number of days and weeks".

She said all those present had agreed there were still cases outstanding which needed to be resolved.

They also agreed on the need for a localised action plan.

More than 40,000 households were left without water across Northern Ireland during the Christmas period.