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Water treatment amendment likely to pass second stage - Martin Kenny TD

21 November, 2018 - by Martin Kenny TD

Speaking after last night’s debate on the Local Government (Water Pollution) (Amendment) 2018, Sinn Féin’s rural affairs spokesperson Martin Kenny TD said:

“The government has suggested stalling on this Bill for over a year to allow the EPA and the Rural Water Review Group to bring forward reports.

"The Bill is designed to accommodate the issue of a discharge licence to one-off, rural housing where the waste is treated to bathing water standard.

“Rural Ireland has waited long enough. The Bill can continue through the legislative process while awaiting these reports.

“We are fed up of promises from government that some remedy will be found to the problem of people who cannot build family homes on their own land due to a legislative flaw which has resulted in no building of one-off rural housing for the past six years.

“This Bill raises the standards for domestic sewage treatment in areas where soil density means that the site would fail a T-test. It is a solution to a problem of which all rural TDs are aware.

“Last night we had TDs from all over the West, Cork to Donegal, supporting this bill and I believe that all opposition parties and groups will vote in favour of it tomorrow.”

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