Sinn Féin Councillor Conor D. McGuinness has welcomed confirmation from Irish Water that plans for a new sewage system for An Rinn have now entered the design phase.
“I have been campaigning for a major upgrade to the sewage system in An Rinn for several years now. The existing system is not fit-for-purpose, its inefficient, ineffective and prove to failures. It has held back many planning applications, and causes regular problems for homeowners.
“The weak and outdates system has had very severe and worrying impacts on the environment, and has affected water quality and the marine environment in particular.
“I am glad that Irish Water has agreed to this major development. My hope is that the new system addresses the current weaknesses and has sufficient capacity to serve the area for decades to come.
“Irish Water have confirmed to me that the project has now entered design phase and a consultant has been appointed. It is envisaged the scheme of works will include new sewers, new rising mains and 2 new pump stations, including one at Baile na nGall.
“Although not imminent, it is very welcome that work has begun. I have asked that the public be consulted during this stage to ensure that their views are taken on board during design.”