Shannon to Dublin pipeline project criticised further

Lloyd Doyle
April 26, 2018

IRISH Water is "satisfied beyond doubt" that its proposal to pump 300 million litres of water daily from the River Shannon at Parteen Basin is critical to meet the future water demands of the Greater Dublin area.

Committee chair Maria Bailey (FG) said concerns would be highlighted while taking account of the need to provide sufficient water for the capital and Midlands.

The utility wants to proceed with the Shannon pipeline/Dublin pipeline, via Kildare.

Irish Water said unless the project goes ahead, shortages will arise from 2025 as the economy grows and population expands, with Dublin, Mullingar and Ashbourne among the areas facing supply issues.

Treated water would then be piped 170km to a termination point reservoir at Peamount in Co. "Nowhere needs such infrastructure more than the neglected Midlands which is the forgotten heart of the country", Leahy remarked.

As well as Dublin, the most urgent needs are now found in the Mullingar area and the area of east Meath that borders the greater Dublin region.

Irish Water says Over 1,000 stakeholders participated in the consultation - the fourth on this project.

As part of its public consultation, Irish Water held 8 public open days along the route of the pipe in 2015; had two briefing days for Oireachtas members and 5 councillor briefings; held more than fifty briefings with stakeholder groups; had 6 landowner information evenings for the 500 landowners along the route; and sought responses from the public through 36 media advertisements. "Because of the state of Dublin's pipes, they will continue to be condemned to water outages like they experienced during Storm Emma recently", she said.

Irish Water Managing Director Jerry Grant said a new major water supply needed to be brought into the Greater Dublin area because it is "running out of water".

Emma Kennedy, from Kennedy Analysis, was critical of the plans, accusing Irish Water of presenting a "misleading story when it comes to Dublin's leaks".

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