IRISH TIMES: Playwright and former SDLP leader raise fears over sewerage scheme

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ESTUARY CAMPAIGN:PLAYWRIGHT BRIAN Friel, former SDLP leader John Hume and his wife Pat and the North’s Minister for Agriculture and Rural Development, Michelle Gildernew, have expressed concerns about Donegal County Council’s plans for a sewerage scheme in a scenic area on the shores of Lough Foyle.


Following a submission by oceanographer Mike Quinnell, retained by the objectors for the oral hearing, the local authority changed its position on the standard of treatment. An Taisce, believes a new independent outfall modelling study needs to be commissioned, given the trans-boundary nature of the Foyle, its status as a salmonid and shellfish area and its maritime tourism importance.


In a letter to the campaign dated January 5th, 2011, Ms Gildernew said that the Loughs Agency, which is responsible for both Lough Foyle and Carlingford Lough, has expressed concern about the methodology adopted for hydronamic modelling in Donegal County Council’s environmental impact assessment, and the “potential impact of the proposal on the shellfisheries of Lough Foyle”.







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