Local Labour Senator John Whelan has said that he is pleased that the Minister with reponsibility for Irish Water and New Era, Fergus O’ Dowd has reiterated his and the Government’s unequivical comitment to the Garryhinch Water Project.
Senator Whelan said that the Minister acknowledged that without the provision of a new reservoir resource that the greater Leinster region will run short of water and experience rationing by 2020.
Senator Whelan urged the Minister to ‘knock heads together’ and to expedite the development and construction of the Garryhinch Water Project in the interest of job creation, economic growth and securing foreign direct investment such as at installations like Intel.
Senator Whelan commenter, “I told the Minister there was no scope for any further delays and that Bord na Mona’s proposal for Garryhinch was economically, ecologically and environmentally sound and sustainable.
“It has the capacity not only to create hundreds of jobs and secure a safe and sustainable supply of water for the Leinster region but also to be multi-purpose as an angling, nature reserve and recreational centre similar to Graham Water and Rutland Water in the UK which I visited recently to assess first hand the potential and prospects for such an amenity in Laois-Offaly.”
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