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Roscrea Sewage Plant On European Poor Performer List

Thursday, 23 February 2017

ROSCREA SEWAGE PLANT is included in a list of facilities causing concern to the European Commission about unacceptable levels of pollution, while facilities in Nenagh and Thurles have also been highlighted.

Ireland is to face legal action by the European Commission for failing to build waste treatment places for 38 towns and cities, which the Commission say are pumping thousands of gallons of raw sewage into rivers and the sea.

A case currently before the European Court of Justice could see Ireland facing huge fines for failing to meet two deadlines to build or upgrade sewage plants by the end of 2000 and 2005 - one of which is located on the Shinrone Road on the outskirts of Roscrea and two more in Nenagh and Thurles.

The treatment plants in Roscrea, Thurles, Nenagh, Killarney and Tralee, Cavan, Clifden, Roscommon town, Shannon town, Tubbercurry in Co Sligo and Waterford city are deemed unsuitable.

Plants in Clonakilty, Cobh, Cork city, Fermoy, Mallow, Midleton, Ringaskiddy, Youghal, Rathcormac, Passage/Monkstown and Ballincollig are listed as inadequate, while facilities in Donegal are poor, along with Arklow, Castlecomer, Dundalk, Enniscorthy, Oberstown and Ringsend, Navan, Athlone, Monksland, Enfield, Longford and Portarlington.

The Commission said Ireland should have fixed sewage problems for communities with less than 15,000 people by 2000, while larger towns should have been properly served by 2005.

Irish Water estimates that €1.25 billion must be spent on treatment plants by 2021 and a senior Commission official is reported to have told TDs and Senators that arguments about water charges would not address Ireland's problems with sewage, or chemicals in drinking water.

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