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Irish Water still has questions to answer on Shannon pipeline project – Ó Broin

25 April, 2018 - by Eoin Ó Broin TD

Sinn Féin spokesperson on water Eoin Ó Broin TD has said that Irish Water still have a series of questions to answer before the €1.3 billion Shannon pipeline project goes to An Bord Pleanála for approval.

Deputy Ó Broin said:

“This water pipeline project to extract water from the Shannon and pipe to Dublin and the Eastern and Midlands Region is the biggest capital investment in the history of the state.

“It is absolutely vital that before this project goes to An Bord Pleanála that the detail of the plan is fully scrutinised.

“Sinn Féin accept that there is a legitimate need to diversify and increase the water supply to the Dublin and Eastern Midlands region.

“However, we are carefully listening to the arguments put forward by both Irish Water and Emma Kennedy who is providing advice to the River Shannon Protection Alliance.

“Both Emma Kenny and Irish Water outlined their concerns and the necessity respectively of the project in the Housing Committee this morning and I believe Irish Water still has a number of questions to answer about the proposed project.

“Firstly, Irish Water need to explain why it is not possible to accelerate its leakage reduction programme.  They have repeatedly said that capital funding is not an issue, yet their leakage reduction targets are low.

“The company should also complete an updated study on the possibility of utilising groundwater aquifers to meet water need in the Dublin Eastern and Midlands region as the previous study carried out in 2008 is now out of date.

“Further, given the technical disagreements between Irish Water and the Kennedy Analysis over the calculation of leakage, headroom, and future water need, the government should submit both parties analysis for an independent review before going to An Bord Pleanála.

“Given the huge cost of this capital infrastructure project for the taxpayer and the broader implications of such a project for the wider community, we believe that these actions should all be taken before the project proceeds to An Bord Pleanála.” 

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