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Carthy makes submission on Gaoth Dobhair Sewerage Scheme to European Commission

6 May, 2015 - by Matt Carthy MEP

Speaking this afternoon from Brussels, after making a submission to the European Commission, Sinn Féin MEP for the Midlands North West Matt Carthy, has slammed the Government’s inaction on the Gaoth Dobhair Sewerage Scheme.

The submission was made by the MEP following a request from party colleague and local TD Pearse Doherty, who has worked extensively on the issue.

Carthy said:

“The fact that the people of Gaoth Dobhair, who are now waiting for over 40 years for the construction of this sewerage scheme, have been forced to seek redress from European institutions is a damning indictment of the failure of successive Irish Governments to address this issue.

“Not only is the Irish Government in clear breach of commitments made to the people of Gaoth Dobhair, it is also in breach of commitments it made to the European Commission in 2013 when it gave assurances that the competent authorities would undertake all appropriate action to remedy the violation of the Urban Waste Water Directive.

“Despite these assurances, the fact remains that over €3 million has been spent on the scheme to date without a single pipe having been laid – a scandal.

“To add insult to injury, Gaoth Dobhair Sewerage Scheme is not identified as a scheme to start construction within the current lifetime of the Irish Water’s Proposed Capital Investment Programme and it will be 2017 at the earliest before the scheme is progressed.

“It would appear that the Government’s failure to progress this scheme may also be a factor in the potential non compliance with other legislative instruments such as the EU Water Framework Directive and the Shellfish Water Directive, which deal with the quality of the water in the surrounding areas and bay.

"I hope that the Commission will give this issue the attention it deserves and that some pressure can be brought on the relevant authorities to progress this scheme without further delay for the people of Gaoth Dobhair."

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