Limerick City Council objects to plan to divert water from River Shannon

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

LIMERICK City Council is to formally object to controversial plans to divert millions of litres of water from the Shannon.

LIMERICK City Council is to formally object to controversial plans to divert millions of litres of water from the Shannon.

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

The controversial plan will see water taken from the Shannon to cater for the needs of the Greater Dublin area.

But at this week’s council meeting, Independent councillor John Gilligan urged his colleagues to object to the proposal.

“We always refer to Limerick as the city on the Shannon, and we do not want anything done to this. This motion had unanimous approval at the special policy committee that it should not go ahead. If we can make a stand on issues like this, it will make a difference,” he told the meeting.

After his motion was seconded by Cllr Maurice Quinlivan, Sinn Fein, the remainder of the council passed the motion unanimously.

Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Gilligan described the reservoir plan as “one of the loopiest” plans ever to come before the people of Ireland.

“If this goes ahead, it will cause major damage to both our tourist industry, and to those who use the Shannon. I am delighted City Council has taken a stand on this.”

He had this message for Dublin: “Sort yourself out. We told you 30 years ago you were over extending yourself. Now we have gotten to this stage, I am quite happy to say I told you so.”

The €500m scheme - which will take water from the Shannon after 2013 - has attracted opposition across Limerick.