Thursday, 13 December 2012

Questions (120)

Clare Daly

Question:

120. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government his plans to deal with the fact that almost two thirds of the raw sewerage pumped into the sea 50 yards from the coast at Rush, County Dublin, is untreated in view of the fact that this is in breach of EU and Environmental Protection Agency regulations. [56092/12]

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Written answers (Question to Environment)

The operation, maintenance and management of existing sewerage infrastructure is a matter for the relevant water services authority, in this case Fingal County Council.

The Portrane/Donabate/Rush/Lusk Sewerage Scheme is included in my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2010 – 2013, with some elements to advance to construction and others to advance through planning during the lifetime of the Programme.

Some contracts of the scheme, including the new wastewater treatment plant, are being advanced or have been completed, while others , including works within the Rush catchment, are still at the planning stage. Fingal County Council has recently requested my Department to review the priority of the Rush element of the scheme with a view to advancing relevant contracts to procurement and construction. This request is under consideration and a decision will be made as soon as possible.