Minister to open plant
MINISTER for the Environment Phil Hogan will be in Shankill on Thursday to open the new Shanganagh-Bray main drainage scheme at Shanganagh Cliffs. Irish Water will run the facility which is jointly funded by Bray Town Council and Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.
Some councillors in Bray, which has budgeted €1m towards the plant in 2013, have objected to the facility being turned over to a private company.
' This is when people are going to feel it, when those water charges come in,' said Cllr Ciaran O'Brien. ‘ They will probably be €350 per household. They are going to take over and we will continue paying.'
According to the town engineer Marc Devereaux, by 2014 an arrangement will have been reached between Irish Water and the council. Assets and liabilities will have been transferred over by 2017 and Irish Water will take full control of the facility. ‘We were told to keep doing what we are doing and more will be made clear by 2014.’
Meanwhile, there will be a protest against the charges at the opening tomorrow (Thursday) at 12.30 p.m. Sinn Féin representatives John Brady from Bray and Shane Connolly O'Brien from Dún Laoghaire will lead the protest. ‘People just have not got any more to give,' said Cllr Brady. ‘People are struggling as it is and putting a tax on their homes and their water will be
the final straw.'
LEFT: Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan.