Pay Back Needed for Shannon Water
The proposed €900 million Shannon water abstraction project must include a range of compensatory measures such as tackling the ongoing flooding of farm lands, particularly in the Shannon Callows, the ongoing flooding of homes along the Shannon and its tributaries and taking immediate action to resolve the invasive Asian Clam problem at Lanesborough.
This was my recommendation when I called for balancing measures which would bring greater fairness in the transfer of a vital Western asset to the East.
Many people and communities are, and will be, positively and negatively affected by the River Shannon and this new project must not be just another manifestation of government commitment to the East at the expense of the West.
This project, if it goes ahead, needs to look at the River Shannon from a holistic perspective and once and for all deal comprehensively with all of the issues involved. The project provides a rare and historic opportunity to place a value on a water resource and to reflect that value in balancing projects along the length of the Shannon. For very many years we have heard the mantra of 'draining the Shannon'. Finally we have an opportunity to benefit both the West and the East of the country in a unique collaborative project and this opportunity should not be missed.
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