Donegal South West Senator Brian Ó Domhnaill has called on the Minister for the Environment, Community & Local Government, Phil Hogan TD, to give approval for Donegal County Council to seek tenders for the construction of the Gweedore Sewerage Scheme.
Senator Ó Domhnaill said: “I raised the need for the Minister for give approval for Donegal County Council to proceed to seek tenders for the Gweedore Sewerage Scheme on the adjournment debate in Seanad Éireann recently.
“The Gweedore Sewerage Scheme comprises of a treatment plant capable of dealing with effluence from a population equivalent of 4,550 and sewer network of approximately 21km, serving the core areas of Dore, Bunbeg and Derrybeg.”
In response the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Pat Rabbitte TD said the Gweedore sewerage scheme is included in the Department’s water services investment programme and plans to start construction during the lifetime of the programme. The estimated cost of this work is €11.4 million.
In Donegal, there are 15 contracts at, or due to start, construction during the lifetime of the programme, at a total estimated value of €80 million, including major sewerage schemes in Letterkenny and Killybegs. A further 11 contracts are at planning stage.
Senator Ó Domhnaill added that Donegal County Council’s design review report for the Gweedore scheme is with the Department.
“However, the Department has sought further clarification on a number of issues and will continue to liaise with the council with a view to progressing the scheme as quickly as possible.
“I will continue to press the Minister to have this scheme progressed at every opportunity,” concluded Senator Ó Domhnaill.