Thursday, 28 November 1968
Dáil Eireann Debate
Mr. Gilhawley: asked the Minister for Local Government when an application was made for a group water scheme at Drumfin, County Sligo; the reasons for the long delay in getting this scheme started; and what the present position is.
Mr. Boland: Formal application for this group scheme was made in September, 1965. It is, however, dependent for a supply of water on an extension of the Ballymote regional network. The full scheme of extensions to the Ballymote network is not regarded by the local authority as having a high priority. I understand, however, that after determining the order of priority the council agreed to give the Drumfin extension a high priority but it is not clear how the extension ranks in  the context of the council's overall priorities.
Mr. Connor: asked the Minister for Local Government when work is expected to commence on the Templenoe group water scheme, County Kerry; and the reason for the delay in approving the plans which were sent to his Department about three years ago.
Mr. Treacy: asked the Minister for Local Government if he is aware of the urgent need for the implementation of a group water scheme to meet the needs of a number of families at Newcastle, Clonmel, County Tipperary.
Mr. Connor: asked the Minister for Local Government the present position regarding the Tooreenamult, Gneeveguilla water scheme, County Kerry, in which 14 farmers are involved and which is awaiting sanction.
Mr. Boland: Having regard to the necessity to conserve available capital for housing and other essential services only those sanitary services works of the highest priority can be allowed to proceed at the present time. On this basis I am not yet in a position to say when a decision on the scheme referred to by the Deputy is likely to issue.
Mr. Gilhawley: asked the Minister for Local Government the up-todate position regarding the provision of an adequate water supply to the town of Tubbercurry, County Sligo, and the surrounding districts.
Mr. Boland: On the latest information available to me the local authority do not regard the scheme of extensions  referred to by the Deputy as having a high priority in their water and sewerage programme.
Mr. McLaughlin: asked the Minister for Local Government if Fivemilebourne water supply will extend to the house of a person (name supplied) at Banagher, Fivemilebourne, County Leitrim; and when work will commence on this scheme.
Mr. Boland: Leitrim County Council's proposals for extension of Fivemilebourne water supply to Lough Gill which will serve 20 houses, were approved by me on 8th October, 1968. I have no information as to the names of the individual householders to be served by the scheme.
Mr. Pattison: asked the Minister for Local Government if he will now sanction proposals sent to his Department by Kilkenny County Council for the extension of the Bennettsbridge regional water supply scheme to the areas of (a) Kilbline, (b) Danville and Warrington, and (c) Dunbell and Maddoxtown.
Mr. Boland: On the latest information available to me the local authority do not regard the water supply schemes for Kilbline, Danville, Warrington and Maddoxtown as having a high priority in their water and sewerage programme.
Mr. Treacy: asked the Minister for Local Government if he is aware of the urgent need for a piped water supply for the people in the Kilmanahan area of Clonmel, County Tipperary; and how soon this position will be remedied.
Mr. Foley: asked the Minister for Local Government the present position regarding the provision of water for the Rolestown, Oldtown, Ballyboughal and Garristown areas of County Dublin; and when it is expected  that a water supply will be available to these areas.
Mr. Boland: The areas referred to by the Deputy will be provided with a water supply as part of Contract No. 10 of the North Dublin regional water supply scheme, for which contract documents were approved by me on the 7th June last.
Mr. S.D. Barrett: asked the Minister for Local Government when details, drawings and bills of quantities in respect of sanitary service schemes for South Douglas Road, Ballyvolane Road, Lower Glanmire Road and Model Farm Road, Cork, were submitted to him for approval; why approval has not yet been given; whether the delay in giving approval is due to shortage of staff; and when his decision may be expected.
Mr. Boland: Proposals for watermain extensions and renewals in the areas referred to by the Deputy were submitted by Cork Corporation on the 30th August, 1968, and are at present under consideration in my Department. There has been no undue delay in dealing with these proposals.
Mr. Gilhawley: asked the Minister for Local Government the up-todate position regarding the provision of a sewerage scheme at the seaside resort of Rosses Point, County Sligo; the reasons for the delay in starting this scheme; and when it is now expected it will start.
Mr. Timmins: asked the Minister for Local Government the position regarding an application by Wicklow County Council for sanction to appoint a consultant engineer for the sewage scheme at Shillelagh, County Wicklow.
Mr. M. O'Leary: asked the Minister for Local Government whether his Department had any consultations with Dublin Corporation on the treatment of sewage; and whether any change is contemplated in the present situation, where sewers open into the River Liffey.
Mr. Boland: I understand that there are no public sewers discharging direct to the Liffey. My Department has had continuous consultations with the Dublin Corporation in connection with the provision of new major drainage works in the Dublin area. As I indicated in a reply to an earlier question by the Deputy these new works are being so designed that they will remedy to a considerable extent any existing pollution problems in the Dublin area.
Mr. S.D. Barrett: asked the Minister for Local Government the date upon which approval was sought by Cork Corporation for the preparation by the consulting engineers of a preliminary report on the Beaumont sewer; when he intends to make a decision on this; and the reasons for the delay in giving approval.
Mr. S.D. Barrett: asked the Minister for Local Government the date upon which the Cork Corporation sought approval for the preparation of contract documents for sewer No. 3 at Knocknaheeny, County Cork; when a decision will be taken in this matter; and the cause of the delay in giving approval.
On the 7th March, 1962, Cork Corporation sought approval to the appointment of a consulting engineer to prepare a preliminary report for a main drainage scheme for Cork city. Preliminary proposals for that section of the work known as the Beaumont sewer were received on 8th August, 1968, and are at present under consideration in my Department. I hope to give a decision at an early date.
Mr. Dowling: asked the Minister for Local Government if he will expedite the development of the Dublin south city drainage scheme so that the industrial sites in the extended Ballyfermot  industrial area can be serviced and that housing sites can be made available.
Mr. Dowling: Is the Minister aware that the extension of the industrial site in the Ballyfermot area is dependent on a sewer being installed as soon as possible? Is he further aware that deliberate attempts are being made by Labour and Fine Gael members of Dublin Corporation to impede this drainage work and to impede development of industry on the south side of the city and will the Minister ensure that the work is expedited?
Mr. Mullen: If the Minister is not aware of this, having regard to what was stated by Deputy Dowling, will the Minister not take steps to ascertain the facts of the situation bearing in mind the accusation made by Deputy Dowling which is absolutely untrue?
Mr. Boland: I am aware, for instance, that meetings of the city council to deal with matters affecting their functions as the city council have been abandoned whereas special meetings have been held to consider matters that are no concern of theirs.
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