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'Reilly being divisive over sewage plant'


Anti-sewage plant protest

Anti-sewage plant protest

Anti-sewage plant protest

JAMES Reilly has said the proposal to locate a massive sewage plant in Lusk was unacceptable – but has made no mention of Clonshaugh.

The Health Minister was commenting after it was revealed Clonshaugh was chosen as the site for the €500m plant ahead of two locations in Lusk.

"I have been contacted by huge numbers of constituents in relation to this project who were deeply concerned about the possibility of this waste treatment plant being built in the bread basket of Dublin," Dr Reilly told a local newspaper.

"I held meetings with Reclaim Fingal Alliance, Lusk Waste Watchers as well as many others who opposed this project going ahead in the most rural areas of Fingal," he added.



Three sites in north Dublin had been considered for the 50-acre facility, including Annsbrook and Newtowncorduff, both near Lusk.

When Clonshaugh, near Dublin Airport, was chosen, Dr Reilly said: "The proposals to build this facility near Lusk were completely unacceptable."

But Fianna Fail senator Darragh O'Brien said Dr Reilly's comments were divisive.

"What Minister Reilly is doing is he is trying to split the community of Fingal. It's absolutely divisive," Mr O'Brien said.

The decision to choose Clonshaugh is "against the will of the 12,000 people who signed objections to it", he added.

"I have people in Lusk contacting me who are very concerned that the plant is going in Fingal at all," Mr O'Brien said.

Calls by the Herald to Mr Reilly's spokesman seeking his view on the Clonshaugh site were not returned.

Mr O'Brien said: "Minister Reilly has shown himself to be completely at odds with the view in his own constituency. If (the plant) isn't right for Lusk then it isn't right for Clonshaugh."



He described the Fine Gael TD's approach as a "divide and conquer" attitude.

Another Fianna Fail senator, Averil Power, said: "It defies credibility to have a minister saying that the plant is unacceptable in the north Co Dublin area but it's okay in Clonshaugh."

Both Mr O'Brien and Ms Power say smaller sewage schemes would be preferable rather than one massive plant.