'Dublin should get its own house in order...not destroy farms to get water from the Shannon'
There will be a battle in Tipperary, Offaly and other places to take water from the Shannon to Dublin, according to Tipperary TD Mattie McGrath.
Speaking in the Dail this week, Deputy McGrath slammed the proposal saying “Dublin…. should get its house in order and fix the 40pc or 50pc of water that is wasted underground through leaks”.
“Why would a decision be made to plough up the middle of the country and destroy perfectly good farms near houses through the use of blunt instruments such as compulsory purchase orders in order to lay pipes?
“We need a lot of soul searching and respect for landowners and householders in Tipperary, Offaly and other counties through which a pipeline will be laid.
“We need the issue to be dealt with sensitively and not to have the bullying approach of Irish Water. We had such an approach from the former Ministers Phil Hogan and Deputy Alan Kelly."
Around 500 landowners are understood to be affected and it is understood that around 80pc are expected to agree terms and conditions with Irish Water, based on the experience of Gas Networks Ireland.
Between 10pc and 20pc of land values will be paid over the next year to secure options in advance of formal planning application.
It is understood that Compulsory Purchase Orders will not be necessary in the majority of cases, but may be necessary for some 20pc of landowners unwilling to allow their land be used.