We asked our readers this week what they thought of the Shannon to Dublin pipeline that would bring water from the Parteen Basin into the city and surrounding areas in a bid to supply our growing urban population. It will affect over 500 rural landowners.
MEP Luke Ming 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’. When asked if the pipeline showed favouritism for urban Ireland over rural Ireland, 69% of our readers said yes.
A major fear of those opposing the Irish Water-managed pipeline is that it could potentially be privatised in the future. When asked if the pipeline’s privatisation was a worry, the split almost went straight down the middle. The readership is divided on the matter, with 52% saying it does worry them and 48% saying otherwise. Therefore the majority, albeit not an overwhelming one, believe that it could be an issue.
On the That’s Farming radio show some weeks ago, Luke Ming Flanagan MEP commented on the proposed pipeline, and this week, the final proposed route has been revealed.
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.