On the That’s Farming radio show, Luke Ming Flanagan MEP 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, even supplying areas like the midlands.
The final proposed route has been revealed, and it will affect hundreds of country landowners. The argument in favour of the pipeline cites industry and population growths as the reason behind the pipeline, but MEP Flanagan made some interesting points that ask: ‘Why take rural resources and give them to Dublin?’ He believes that if the industries are in need of water, they should move to the resource itself, which would bring much-needed industry to rural areas.
The pipeline will be 170km long and will cost around €1.2 billion. The Final Options Appraisal Report was published this week, and on Water.ie it has been stated that ‘the Water Supply Project will deliver secure and sustainable water for over 40% of the country’s population up to 2050’.
Photo from Water.ie
“This will stimulate and facilitate new home developments and new job creation enabling construction and investment across the Eastern and Midlands Region. The focus of the studies and investigations over the past number of years was to identify the most sustainable option that would benefit the maximum population while minimising the environmental impact.”
A worry among those in opposition is that the pipeline could at any point be privatised in the future. Fight the Pipe is against the act of taking this water from the Shannon to the east. Their Facebook page explains that ‘Fight the Pipe Ireland is our community's response to the destruction of 2000 acres of land by the laying of Irish Waters pipeline across our farmlands.’ The group told the Irish Times that they fear privatisation.
We ask you, the readers of That’s Farming who may be seriously affected, what you think.