Lough Derg Pipeline Plans “Illogical Investment” Of Public Monies

It’s claimed plans to pump water from Lough Derg to Dublin amount to an illogical investment of public monies.

Councillors in Clare have again backed a motion opposing the plans for a controversial 170km pipeline which has already been backed by the government.

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Irish Water plans to construct this controversial €1.3 billion pipeline have been in the public realm for quite a while now and continue to ruffle feathers in Clare.

It will see water taken from the Parteen basin and pumped up to 170 kilometres to the Midlands and Greater Dublin area in a move that Irish Water has described as bringing widest benefit to the greatest number of people.

The plans were approved by the Cabinet late last year but continues to be opposed in Clare, with this month’s council meeting seeing a motion backed calling on Clare County Council to call for the plans to be shelved.

One of the signatories to the motion, Maghera Fianna Fáil Councillor Pat Hayes says there’s not enough focus on the negative effects on Clare and the Midwest.

Kilrush Independent Councillor Ian Lynch has also come out strongly against the plans.

He fears the opposition locally will merely by overruled by central government but if it is to proceed, Cllr Lynch says it’s vital that Clare gets something in return.