Nov 082016

Photo : Keith Heneghan / Phocus.

Commenting on the proposed Ervia plan for a water pipeline from Parteen Basin to Dublin, the President of ICMSA, John Comer, said that his organisation prided itself on being positive and progressive and that “of course” new infrastructure would have to be developed and built that recognised population growth and the need to invest in a sensible and sustainable way. But Mr Comer cautioned that ICMSA would insist that the rights of the farmers and rural dwellers – both along the Shannon and on the pipeline route itself – would be fully respected and their concerns appreciated and addressed in “a real and tangible fashion”.

Mr. Comer also stressed that the very significant disturbance likely on the affected farms during the construction phase would require recognition and addressing and he was emphatic that, once constructed, the question of permanent wayleave over the farmers’ land – particularly where some infrastructure will be above ground – will require proper negotiation with the farmers receiving adequate compensation for both the temporary and permanent impacts on their farm.

Ends     8 November 2016.

John  Comer, 087-2057846

President, ICMSA.


Cathal MacCarthy, 087-6168758

ICMSA Press Office.