Opposition mounts to Shannon pipeline proposal
Thousands of farmers could be seriously disrupted or even forced out of business because of plans to build a pipeline to channel water from the lower Shannon to Dublin, it has been claimed.
The farms are located along a belt of land which has been earmarked for the pipe line on the Eastern and Midlands Water Project.
It is expected to be up to six months before the final route selection is clarified.
Between 1,000 and 1,250 farmers could have their worst fears confirmed when the route selection is announced later this year.
Hundreds of concerned land owners voiced their serious concerns at meetings in counties Kildare, Offaly, Tipperary and Clare over the past week, when many land owners first became aware that their holdings are under consideration for the pipe line.
The outline timetable for the project is that the Environmental Impact Assessment should be completed by late Summer 2016. The planning application to Bord Pleanala is scheduled for the third quarter of 2017 and the oral hearings on the application are scheduled for mid 2018. If approved, the project would be constructed between 2018 and 2022.
IFA environment chairman, Harold Kingston described the planned pipeline as being "of serious concern to farmers because of the major disruption it is going to cause to farming" during construction.
He said that the two-metre wide pipe will require permanent way-leave rights being registered on the land by Ervia.