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Sunday 21 April 2019

Controversial €500m sewage treatment system 'will not negatively impact bathing waters', hearing told

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Luke Byrne

Luke Byrne

A hearing into the controversial plan to build a €500m sewage treatment system in north Dublin is underway.

An Bord Pleanála has begun hearing submissions from Irish Water for the proposed plant in Clonshaugh.

Sean Laffey, head of asset management at the semi-state, said the infrastructure was necessary to allow for residential and commercial development in the region.

He referenced the ERSI's estimated population growth of 450,000 in the greater Dublin area by the year 2040.

"Project Ireland 2040 projects that an additional 143,000 homes will be needed in Dublin by 2040," he said.

The proposal has been opposed by locals including farmers and sea bathers, with some almost 14,000 objections raised.

Today senior waste consultant, Ciarán O'Keeffe, told the hearing the facility would not negatively impact on bathing waters.

"The proposed project will have a negligible impact on the quality of coastal waters off county Dublin," he said.

He said a pumping station proposed at Abbotstown, near St Francis Hospice, will have a special design as the hospice is a timber and brick building "embracing nature" through large glass windows.

"The planning and architectural response to this will be to design a modern interpretation of a timber Victorian garden gazebo, set in a carefully designed landscape," he said.

The hearing, taking place at Dublin's Gresham Hotel, will take at least two weeks.

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