Seanad debates

Thursday, 25 February 2010

11:00 am

Photo of Cecilia KeaveneyCecilia Keaveney (Fianna Fail)

I hope the Minister of State can get the information for me without my needing to use a freedom of information request. From the Department's records, I would like the exact details of the timeline for the Moville sewerage scheme. The Minister of State remarked: "I understand that Donegal County Council has completed a preliminary report for the scheme, but an EIS must also be prepared". If I recall correctly, the EIS was submitted to An Bord Pleanála at least three years ago. It might have been four years ago. The council was told by the board that the EIS was not necessary, but it was resubmitted one year later.

What are the precise reasons for the current delays? I am shocked that small schemes like Newtowncunningham and Ballyliffen are not even on the radar. Can the Minister of State give me precise details of the interactions between the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and Donegal County Council and the period of time involved? This has been going on for a phenomenally long time and I cannot get to the bottom of why it has not become a reality.


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