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Time for Labour to come clean on Ringsend water treatment plant

26 October, 2005

Sinn Féin Dublin City Councillor Daithí Doolan, speaking in Ringsend this morning, has called on the Labour Party and Fine Gael on Dublin City Council to lift the veil of secrecy hanging over the management of the Ringsend Waste Water Treatment plant. He has called on them to explain why the public should pay for problems which have been caused by the mismanagement of the plant.

Councillor Doolan said:

"Over the last two years residents in Ringsend, Sandymount and surrounding areas have been plagued due to odours from the water treatment plant. Despite repeated promises from City Officials, this problem has not been adequately dealt with and to make matters worse there has been a veil of secrecy over the running of the entire project, which is the first of its kind in the City Council area.

"The project has been controversial from the very start and to date has cost €300million. As a result of ongoing problems, the City Manager commissioned a report into the management of the Ringsend water treatment plant. However he is now refusing to make this report public and is refusing to disclose its contents to members of the Council.

"We now find that in conjunction with City Officials, Fine Gael / Labour Party led City Council are proposing that it is the public who will foot the bill of €5 million to deal with the odour problem, and not the ABA Consortium who are responsible for the design, building and management of the plant.

"There are many questions to be answered about all of this. The starting point has to be that all relevant information is put into the public realm.

In conclusion Cllr. Doolan called on "Labour's Group leader on City Council, Cllr. Kevin Humpheries to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding this project instead of attempting to silence debate on how public money is spent." ENDS

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