Resident threatens lawsuit over Athlone water plant

A resident objecting to plans by Irish Water to extract water from Killinure Lough and build a water-treatment plant at Portnaneena says local people are prepared to take legal action if necessary.

Catherine Fallon was speaking after it emerged last week that Irish Water is withdrawing its planning application for the extraction of water from Killinure.

The authority has said it’ll be submitting a revised planning application to incorporate changes to the scheme, mainly along the pipeline route.

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Ballykeeran resident Catherine says she feels both applications are flawed, and major clarity is needed on what exactly is planned.

She says that local people were not aware of a compulsory-purchase order (CPO) served by Irish Water on Westmeath County Council last autumn to build a plant at Portnaneena and had no chance to make objections or submissions.

An oral hearing is due to be held on the issue in March but residents won’t be able to have any say because they didn’t make any submissions.

Catherine Fallen says residents are prepared to seek a judicial review if a decision is made to grant the CPO to Irish Water.