€80m covered reservoir given go-ahead despite Ross's objection
Irish Water has received the go-ahead for an €80m covered water storage facility in south Dublin despite significant objections, including one from Transport Minister Shane Ross.
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council has ruled the utility can redevelop its 150-year-old Stillorgan reservoir. The open-air complex of three reservoirs provides drinking water for 200,000 people across south Dublin.
Irish Water plans to build a new sheltered reservoir before draining and decommissioning two existing facilities at the site.
Mr Ross had asked the council not to allow the work "in a bid to encourage Irish Water to make better use of the reservoirs that are currently in place at the Stillorgan site".
Other local representatives, such as Fine Gael councillor Barry Saul, argued that part of the site should be made available for public use.
A spokesperson for Irish Water noted the council's decision, saying the existing site in Stillorgan was one of the last remaining open service reservoirs of treated drinking water of its kind in Europe and was at risk of contamination.