Tipperary councillors reject call to oppose Dublin water extraction plan

Louhg Derg: plans for water extraction
North Tipperary County Council this week rejected a call to oppose a plan to take water from Lough Derg to supply the Greater Dublin Area.

North Tipperary County Council this week rejected a call to oppose a plan to take water from Lough Derg to supply the Greater Dublin Area.

Cllr Seamus Morris and Cllr John Carroll had a motion before this Monday’s North Tipperary County Council meeting urging the council to “vehemently” oppose the proposal.

However, the motion was labelled as “premature” and was voted down. A lengthy debate arose on the issue, which has been on-going for some time.

Dublin City Council wants to up to 300 million litres of water daily from the River Shannon near Terryglass to the Greater Dublin Area to bolster its flagging water reserves and to supply up to 10 local authorities, including Meath, Westmeath, Wicklow, Kildare and Carlow - a suggestion which is being met by considerable opposition.

The proposal from Cllr Morris and Cllr Carroll would however, have prevented North Tipperary County Council from engaging the services of an independent consultancy firm to carry out a detailed analysis of the impact of the proposal on the lake, the environment and its hinterland.

Instead, a proposal from Cllr Jonathan Meaney, which effectively called for the council to press ahead with the consultant’s report and that it should be considered before any decision is made, won out by 10 votes to six.

Full report in this week’s Tipperary Star.