Written answers

Tuesday, 20 March 2007

Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government

Water and Sewerage Schemes

11:00 pm

Mae Sexton (Longford-Roscommon, Progressive Democrats)
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Question 968: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government the involvement his Department has had regarding a proposal to supply water needs to Dublin city, county and parts of the east coast by extracting large volumes of water from Lough Ree on the Shannon; if his attention has been drawn to the fact that this decision has been made in advance of an environmental impact assessment; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10329/07]

Photo of Dick RocheDick Roche (Minister, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government; Minister of State, Department of An Taoiseach; Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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Funding has been provided to Dublin City Council under my Department's Water Services Investment Programme 2005-2007 for a study to assess the long-term water usage and supply needs of the Greater Dublin Area and to identify potential options for meeting those needs. Transferring a supply of water from the Shannon is one of the options identified by the study. Any decision to proceed with the Shannon proposal will be subject to relevant statutory procedures, including Environmental Impact Assessment.

Jerry Cowley (Mayo, Independent)
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Question 969: To ask the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if, further to his reply to Question No. 1790 of 31 January 2007, he will provide the names of the trustees of the Castleconnor Group Water Supply Scheme in west Sligo to whom the grants for the development of phases one, two and three of the scheme were handed over by his department; the value of the individual household and farm allocation in each of the phases; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [10439/07]

Photo of Dick RocheDick Roche (Minister, Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government; Minister of State, Department of An Taoiseach; Wicklow, Fianna Fail)
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The additional information requested will be forwarded to the Deputy as soon as possible.

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