Luke Ming Flanagan MEP has commented on the proposed pipeline that would bring water from the Shannon all the way to Dublin.
Flanagan strongly opposes the pipeline, citing the undeniable fact that it is ‘taking a resource that we [rural Ireland] have, and bringing it to Dublin’. The pipeline would take water from the Parteen Basin, and would potentially supply Dublin City and surrounding areas, perhaps even supplying areas like the midlands.
It was proposed by Irish Water nearly a year ago, but Luke Ming Flanagan spoke on our ThatsFarming.com podcast this week and gave us his opinion on the subject.
“Dublin is a city that is growing far too quick. They cannot house people. The supposed reason for building this pipeline is to supply drinking water to the growing population in Dublin. They also need it to supply new businesses that are moving into Dublin, like tech companies who need water for cooling systems.
“Why don’t they bring the industry to us? Where I live in Castlerea Co. Roscommon, we have the cheapest houses in the country. I think that’s a good thing. Where houses are cheaper, people wouldn’t have to be paid as much, and we have the resources in rural Ireland [like water]. Moving industry and jobs down here is a better solution.”
Luke explained that everything doesn’t have to be done on a huge scale, which can cause a waste of energy: ”Instead of making a massive carbon footprint, moving it [energy and water etc] around the country, move the jobs to the countryside.”