Local Fianna Fáil TD, Sean Haughey has expressed his strong opposition to the proposed develop0ment of a Regional Waste Water Treatment Plant at Clonshaugh Dublin 17.

Commenting following lastnight’s well attended public meeting held in Priorswood, Deputy Haughey said, “I have been keeping residents up to speed and have submitted my formal objection to this drainage project on behalf of local homeowners this week.

“Clonhaugh and District is a densely populated and rapidly growing area. If completed, this €1 billion euro plant would be four times the size of Croke Park and has the potential to seriously injure the residential amenities of homeowners in the entire greater Dublin area.

“Should this project be permitted to go ahead, Ireland would become the only European country to allow such an environmentally adverse practice to be carried out. It baffles me how this could be considered given the likely impact on public health.

“The unique birds and wildlife which habitat the Dublin Bay will also inevitably be badly affected.

“We have to accept that waste water management must feature in an urban landscape but it can and should operate in harmony with residents and fit into the surrounding environment. The provision of smaller treatment plants is more sustainable and in keeping with environmental principles generally.

“These plans are not the solution to effective water treatment and an oral hearing must be provided so that residents’ concerns can be dealt with in public.

“The closing date for submissions is tomorrow evening at 5:30pm and I encourage everyone to take the time to share their concerns with An Bord Pleanála,” he concluded.