I refer the Deputy to my reply to recent Parliamentary Question No. 1389 of 26 March 2019 on this matter;
On 12 March 2019, I received a statement of case from Sligo County Council that Imperative Reasons for Overriding Public interest (IROPI) exist in respect of a planning application for the upgrade to the existing water treatment plant at Lough Talt, County Sligo. The statement of case submitted by Sligo County Council pursuant to Section 177AA of the Planning and Development Act 2000 relates to a planning application which was received by Sligo County Council on 28 May 2018 (Sligo County Council planning application details ref: 18210).
In accordance with Section 177AB of the Planning and Development Act 2000, I requested the views of the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht on 14 March 2019 in respect of this matter. The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht subsequently responded to my request. Her views were received on 2 April and are currently under consideration.
There is no specified timeframe under the relevant legislation for either Minister as part of the IROPI process, other than to carry out their respective functions as soon as possible. While I cannot provide an indicative timeframe for the completion of this process at this time, the matter will be concluded without undue delay.