Tuesday, 6 March 2007
Dáil Eireann Debate
535. Mr. Durkan asked the Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government if he will state with reference to Parliamentary Question No. 267 of 28 February 2007 and his reply thereto, the current and precise status of contracts, proposed or pending, in respect of the upgrading, replacement or improvement of the sewerage treatment plants serving Leixlip, Maynooth, Celbridge, Kilcock, Clane, Straffan, Ballymore Eustace, Naas, Sallins in County Kildare; if the submissions designs or revision thereof by way of correspondence in respect of any of these schemes are awaiting a response in his Department; those that are already approved; those likely to be approved and provided for in the current years estimates; the corresponding outlay that is expected from Kildare County Council in this regard; if pollution threats affecting the River Liffey and its tributaries will be averted by the specific action he has taken or intends to take in this regard; if the ongoing matter of methane gas at Leixlip is likely to be resolved; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8900/07]
Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (Mr. Roche): I refer to the reply to Question No. 267 of 28 February 2007. This referred to elements of the Rural Water Programme under which responsibility for the prioritisation, approval and funding of individual schemes has been removed from local authorities.
Wastewater services for the locations referred to in this Question are being provided under the Upper and Lower Liffey Valley and the Ballymore Eustace Sewerage Schemes which are being funded under my Department’s Water Services Investment Programme 2005-2007. The position in relation to those schemes is as set out in the replies to Questions Nos. 596 of 17 October 2006, 428 and 429 of 22 November 2006, 1908 of 31 January 2007 and 186 of 15 February 2007.
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