Irish Water, the company that will be responsible for water metering in Ireland, has been branded a “predator” over plans to siphon water from Lough Derg.
Over the past few years, Dublin City Council has launched proposal to take up to 300 million litres of water per day from the lake to serve the Greater Dublin Area.
The plan has met with opposition from local councillors and the Shannon Protection Aliiance.
“There is a predator out there that has eyes on our natural asset and that predator is Irish Water set up by the Fine Gael and Labour Government and handed with very little due diligence to An Bord Gais with a view to come in and privatise all water in Ireland for profit and to sell to the biggest bidder. They also have their eyes on draining Lough Derg in order to feed the out of control monster that is Dublin,” Cllr Seamus Morris warned this week.
He said he was encouraged to make his remarks following the recent spell of fine weather which has seen thousands flock to enjoy the facilities on offer in places such as Terryglass, Garrykennedy and Dromineer.
“Water is life, and we have been blessed with plenty. It is not ours to give away. It belongs to all the generations of the Mid-West past, present and future. I will urge everyone to write to your local TDs and ask them to stop water from being extracted from Lough Derg. Ask them their views on this and to put a a plan in place by all TDs in the Mid-West to stop this robbery, otherwise we will be victims of the greatest robbery of all time,” he said.
Cllr Morris pointed out that businesses had seen footfall increase because of the good weather, and Lough Derg Yacht Club will host national and international sailing events on the lake in the coming weeks, “utilising our natural asset in Dromineer”.