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Coveney must respond to decision to take state to court over breach of waste water directive – Ó Broin

15 February, 2017 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin TD and spokesperson on Water Eoin Ó Broin has called on Minister Coveney to make an urgent public statement on the European Commission decision to bring the state to the Court of Justice for breaching the urban waste-water treatment directive. 

Deputy Ó Broin said 

“Today’s decision from the EU Commission comes on foot of a reasoned opinion issued by the Commission in September. Before that the Commission formally warned Ireland in 2013 that the government was failing to fulfil obligations under Articles 3, 4, 5, 10 and 12 of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive.

“According to the Commission, the Government has not ensured that urban waste water in 38 agglomerations across the country is adequately collected and treated in order to prevent serious risks to human health and the environment.

“This case is the direct consequence years of successive Governments neglecting to invest in our water infrastructure. The Minister must urgently explain the timing of this announcement and outline to the public as to why this case is now being taken. He must also provide a timeline as to how the government plans to prioritise investment in waste water treatment in order to upgrade this inadequate infrastructure.” 

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