The Aran Island of Inis Mór suffers from lack of water as a result of a prolonged period of dry weather.

Drought on the Aran Island of Inis Mór has serious implications for the people living there and the tourist industry. The drought has been caused by an unusually hot spell and a lack of rainfall which has affected large areas across Europe.

Secretary of the Inis Mór Development Association, Colie Hernon describes the impact of the drought on the island community.

Not alone is it very serious for the people of the island themselves but it has practically ruined our tourist industry.

Colie Hernon says that tourists have left the island due to the lack of services and facilities caused by the drought. He believes that there are serious consequences for the health of islanders due to the lack of fresh and running water. He is asking Galway County Council to build water tanks at the old reservoir to store water to be used when rainfall is low. He believes that the situation on Inis Mór to be far more serious than anywhere on the mainland.

We can go nowhere to get water.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 27 August 1976. The reporter is Jim Fahy.