'Council not to blame for appeal of sewer'

Delays in the delivery of the long-awaited Kilcummin sewerage scheme are not of Kerry County Council's making, cathaoirleach of the Killarney Municipality Brendan Cronin emphasised this week in the latest debate on the long-running saga.

His comments came as council colleague Donal Grady (Ind) sought an update on the scheme. KCC granted Irish Water permission in April to finally pursue the scheme in a project that would see Kilcummin connected to the Killarney waste water network. But the matter was appealed by Inland Fisheries Ireland last month over fears of the impact on the fisheries of Lough Leane and the Deenagh River.

 "It's very important to put it out there that one cannot fault KCC in this matter," Cllr Cronin said. "The council granted permission to Irish Water to proceed...that was done and dusted and in a perfect world would have progressed.

Unfortunately, Inland Fisheries Ireland decided to appeal the decision." A decision is due by August 22.


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