Earlier this week, Fianna Fáil European candidate for Dublin, Cllr. Mary Fitzpatrick joined with Fianna Fail colleagues Senator Averil Power, Cllr Sean Paul Mahon and Senator Darragh O’Brien to hold a public meeting, continuing their two year opposition to the proposed building of a large scale sewage plant in Clonshaugh.
Cllr Fitzpatrick said “If this sewage plant is approved by An Bord Pleanála, our next step will be to take a case to Europe by arguing that the plant would breach EU law; we call for An Bord Pleanála to reject this application outright, otherwise we will have no option but to bring this to Europe”. Cllr Fitzpatrick continued, “We believe that environmentally, economically and socially it would be sensible to build a number of smaller, localised plants rather than siting a super-sized plant in Clonshaugh”.
Cllr Fitzpatrick concluded “I cannot believe that, years later, we are still fighting against a ludicrous plan put forward by Fingal County Council to build this sewage treatment plant. The scale of the planned plant is 4 times the size of Croke Park, approximately sixty-four acres, adjacent to a large residential area. It is time for An Bord Pleanála to put an end to Fingal County Council’s plan, which has cost the tax payer millions and caused untold stress to local residents and businesses”.
Those attending the public meeting heard all speakers pledge to continue to fight this proposal every step of the way, and that local residents and businesses will be fully supported in their campaign to oppose this proposal.