TD claims ‘bureaucracy and red tape’ holding up improvement of Lough Talt Water Scheme

An Independent TD is claiming that EU and government red tape is preventing Irish Water from carrying out improvements to a water scheme that serves 10,000 people from Lough Talt in the West Sligo area.

Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice 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 turned down by Sligo County Council and An Bord Pleanala.

He claims Irish Water’s application for a water extraction licence has been refused even though water is being taken from the lake for the past 40 years.

Deputy Fitzmaurice is now asking if bureaucracy and a species of a snail is more important than the health of people: