A €500 million (S$ 749.8 million) sewage treatment plant has been approved by An Bord Pleanala for north Dublin.
Over 14,000 local residents have protested the facility which they have labelled a ‘monster sewage plant’.
However, Irish Water have said that having ‘adequate wastewater treatment capacity is vital to protect public health, safeguard the environment and facilitate this social and economic growth’.
They also said that Ringsend’s plant is operating at over capacity.
‘Today’s announcement is a landmark planning decision for the sustainable growth of the Dublin area,’ said Sean Laffey, Irish Water’s Head of Asset Management.
‘The Great Dublin Drainage (GDD) project is vital for residential and commercial development across north Dublin and south Fingal. New homes and businesses can only be built with new wastewater infrastructure to support them.
‘GDD will also alleviate pressure within the wider wastewater network. It will help to ensure that the wastewater generated every day in our homes, schools and workplaces is treated safely, in compliance with the EU and national wastewater treatment regulations.’
A €500 million sewage treatment plant has been approved by An Bord Pleanala for north Dublin
The planning was granted on Wednesday, November 13 and is subject to conditions.
It is intended to be fully operational from 2026 in Clonshaugh and ‘will have the capacity to provide wastewater treatment for the equivalent of half a million people living and working in this area into the future’.
The plan includes a treatment facility, odour control unit and an 11km outfall sewer that is just one kilometre off Ireland’s Eye.
However, local residents have protested against the planning and have said the plant would put the health of people and wildlife at risk.
Local politicians have also submitted questions on the plant.
‘Local democracy has been ignored in this case given that there were over 14,000 objections to the application,’ the TD for Dublin Bay North said.
‘The site is simply not suitable for such a facility,’ he said. ‘Irish Water should instead have planned for multiple smaller treatment plants around the Greater Dublin Area which would be a more environmentally sustainable policy.’
Local campaigners have promised to take their opposition to Europe.