MEP says conflicting Euro laws is the problem for Lough Talt water scheme

A North West Midlands MEP says the problem that has now arisen over providing a water treatment plant for the Lough Talt Supply Scheme in West Sligo is that there are two European laws in conflict with each other.

Luke Ming Flanagan made the comment this afternoon after he and MEP Marian Harkin contacted the EU Environment Commission in Brussels today over what they say is a ‘farcical situation’ involving the Lough Talt Scheme.

This morning, Independent TD Michael Fitzmaurice claimed that EU and government red tape is preventing Irish Water from carrying out improvements to the water scheme that serves 10,000 people.

He says the lake is now a special area of conservation because of a species of snail that lives on the foreshore.

But he adds that efforts by Irish Water to build a new treatment plant has been refused by Sligo County Council and An Bord Pleanala.

This evening, Mr Flanagan told Ocean FM what he hopes will now be achieved after his and Marian Harkin’s contat with the EU Environment Commission.