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Limerick tells Dublin 'sort your own water problems'

DUBLIN has been told by Limerick City Councillors to resolve its own water problems, as they refused to help the capital with its supply crisis.

Plans to solve Dublin's water crisis by bringing water from the Shannon were knocked back when Limerick councillors voted unanimously to object to the plans.

Independent councillor John Gilligan, who proposed the motion, said it was time for Dublin to "sort out its own problem" instead of relying on the Shannon for its water.

The decision by the council will see it oppose any move by Bord na Mona, along with Dublin City Council, to develop the massive scheme.

It planned to take millions of litres of water from the Shannon to provide drinking water to the Greater Dublin area.


"If they apply for planning permission to take the water, Limerick City Council as an entity will oppose it," he said.

The council had previously heard submissions from Dublin City Council and the Save our Shannon group, who are opposed to the plans.

Mr Gilligan said the moves would hurt tourism in the area. He said Dublin had been warned 30 years ago that it was over- extending and needed to take action.

"It's about time the geniuses in Dublin sat down and sorted out their own problem," he said.

Dismissing the current plans, which would come into effect after 2013, Mr Gilligan said: "It's an idea that was built up in the mad old days when we had money."

In July 2010, consultants RPS and Veolia recommended a €470m scheme that would see the water pumped to the Dublin region and commuter towns along the way via a reservoir and treatment plant near Portarlington.

The original plan was to extract the water from Lough Ree, but following massive political pressure from local communities in the Athlone area, the plan was changed and Lough Derg became the favoured option.

Bord Na Mona is looking to construct a reservoir in Garryhinch, on the Laois/Offaly border.