The River Shannon Protection Alliance (RSPA) has called a public meeting for 8pm on Thursday, April 28, in Lough Derg Yacht Club, Dromineer, to launch a local branch, alongside branches in Limerick and Athlone, to oppose plans to pump water from the Shannon for use in Dublin.
Consultants RPS and Veolia recommended last July a €470m scheme to abstract 350 million litres of water a day from Lough Derg near Carrigahorig, to be pumped to the Dublin region and commuter towns along the way, via a reservoir and treatment plant at a Bord na Móna cutaway bog near Portarlington. It is understood that Dublin City Council, as lead local authority, has accepted their recommendation.
Once the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government has given approval, as the scheme’s promoters expect, the plan is to obtain planning approval from Bord Pleanála in 2014, bypassing local authorities under the Strategic Infrastructure Act. Thereafter procurement, construction and commissioning will take another eight years before the scheme is operational in 2022.
RSPA members are worried about the future of the Shannon and its communities, and do not believe the positive spin put out by the scheme’s promoters in glossy booklets.
Full story in this week’s Tipperary Star