Green light for Athea Sewerage Scheme – O’Donovan
Added May 3rd, 2018
Limerick TD and Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan has said he is delighted that Irish Water have signed contracts and approved €1.5million for the sewerage scheme in Athea and that works are to commence.
Patrick O’Donovan said that he had received the confirmation from Irish Water as part of regular engagement he has with the company in relation to works on Co. Limerick schemes.
“This is great news for the people of Athea. When I became a Minister I prioritised this issue with Irish Water. I asked that a special case would be made for Athea given how long the process had been from the time the scheme was first discussed by Limerick County Council. I have watched this move through consultation with the local community, to planning with the Council and to a situation where we now have the green light to construct.”
“In that time I have attended countless meetings in Athea, Limerick and Dublin on the matter to convince people of the merits of this project and of the need for a separate plan. I am delighted today that we have arrived at this point where money has been allocated and the approval has been given to construct.”
Patrick O’Donovan added that he was very impressed by the manner in which Irish Water had dealt with the project since they came into existence and in that time a number of hurdles have been crossed.
“In 2015 I received a commitment that the upgrade would be completed, and it was estimated at the time that €728,000 would be the cost of the project. However today after all of the phases have been complete contracts have been signed for €1.5million and we are ready to go with a contractor. It’s a great day for the community who have worked with throughout the whole time and we now have achieved the result we set out to reach.”