Sunday 25 February 2018

Challenge to sewage plant fails

Tim Healy

A RESIDENTS' group has lost its challenge to a proposed €270m expansion of a sewage treatment plant, which includes the construction of a 9km outflow tunnel into Dublin Bay.

Mr Justice Peter Charleton dismissed on all grounds the challenge by the Sandymount and Merrion Residents' Association to the planned extension of the Ringsend plant. Dublin City Council had argued that the extension was of critical importance as the existing plant was unable to cater for the city's expanding population.

In their challenge, the residents contended that the proposed development failed to take into account the designation of an area from Rockabill to Dalkey Island as a special area of conservation (SAC) in 2012.

This was a month after An Bord Pleanala had granted permission for the Ringsend plant extension.

In his reserved judgment, Mr Justice Charleton ruled that the SAC designation had "markedly increased" the protection of this environment.

Instead of undermining the protection of Dublin Bay, as the residents had claimed, the minister had "ensured that more stringent protections are legally required", he said.

Irish Independent

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