Once again the spectre of a massive sewerage plant has raised its head in North County Dublin. The plant proposed by the Department of the Environment and Fingal County Council is planned to serve a population of 700,000.

Senator Darragh O’Brien said: “Our area will become the main sewerage treatment centre for all of Dublin and the surrounding counties. 

“9 sites in North County Dublin have been identified. They are:

Newtowncorduff – 2.2KM west of Lusk (43 hectares)
Rathartan – 2KM west of Rush and 3KM to the east of Lusk (41 hectares)
Tyrrelstown Little – 2.8KM north east of Lusk and 3.6KM north west of Rush (114 hectares)
Saucerstown – 3.3KM north west of Swords (36 hectares)
Annsbrook, Baldurgan & Cookstown – All to the east of Ballyboughal (max. 80 hectares)
Cloghran & Clonshaugh – 2 KM from Dublin Airport, 3.3 KM south of Swords (max 40 hectares)

“In 2006 / 2007, Fingal County Council attempted to impose this plant on the people of Donabate & Portrane. At that time, I was pleased to have assisted these communities in ensuring that this plant did not proceed. 

“Should any of the above plants proceed, it will directly impact on thousands of people in the North County Dublin Area. I, our Local Area Representative, Brian Dennehy, and our County Councillors,Eoghan O’Brien and Darragh Butler are, as we have been since 2006, opposed to Monster Regional Treatment Plants. 

“This proposed plant, should it get the go-ahead from Government will process 1,000 Litres of sewerage per second.  Over 40, 40ft trucks will be required to haul away treated sewerage every hour. This plant will cost over €2.7 Billion to build. In our view this is a dangerous, ill-thought out proposal. It will negatively impact on our environment and our quality of life.

“This proposal can be viewed in more detail on www.greaterdublindrainage.ie. I am urging you to make your views on these proposals known to the Minister of the Environment Phil Hogan T.D., e-mail minister@environ.ie and to make submissions to the project team, info@greaterdublindrainage.ie . Submissions need to be made before 18th November.

“Already a well attended public meeting has been held in Lusk, with others following in Rush and other towns and villages around North County.  Let your local Councillors and Oireachtas members know what you think.  

“I, along with Brian, Eoghan and Darragh will continue to work on your behalf to ensure that this proposal is defeated. If you require any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me in my office 6183802 or on email darragh.obrien@oireachtas.ie.”