Sinn Féin Finance Spokesperson Deputy Pearse Doherty has today (Wednesday) welcomed confirmation today from Irish Water’s parent company Ervia that it is committed to the delivery of a sewerage scheme for Gaoth Dobhair. The commitment comes following the issuance of a damning Reasoned Opinion by the European Commission in September criticising the state over its failure to deliver the scheme.
Deputy Doherty made the comments following a meeting held this morning with representatives from the company, during which it was confirmed that Irish Water has now put forward its proposals for Gaoth Dobhair as part of the state’s response to the Commission, which was formally notified of the infringement earlier this year in a submission lodged with the body by the Sinn Féin TD and MEP Matt Carthy.
Speaking this afternoon, Deputy Doherty said:
“I requested today’s meeting with representatives from Ervia as today is the final deadline for the state to reply to the Reasoned Opinion issued by the Commission in respect of a sewerage scheme for Gaoth Dobhair – a project which the community has been waiting to see completed for well over forty years now.
“During this morning’s meeting with officials from Ervia, I was happy to have had it confirmed that, following the earlier intervention from both MEP Matt Carthy and I a number of months ago in which we wrote to the Commission to flag this violation, the company is now committed to seeing the project delivered for the region.