Protests escalate against north Dublin sewage plant

Opponents of a regional wastewater treatment plant earmarked for north Co Dublin will step up their campaign against the facility ahead of a public consultation deadline this week.

They say they hope to make as many as 10,000 submission to Greater Dublin Drainage-the company handling the project on behalf of Fingal County Council-by the consultation deadline this Friday.

“All week up until Wednesday, Thursday there’ll be groups going out knocking on doors, engaging with people and just letting them know what’s going on,” said Eoghan O’Brien, a local Fianna Fáil councillor.

A number of campaign groups emerged following the announcement in early June that a site at Clonshaugh, 2.2km east of Dublin Airport, was the desired location for the 23-hectare plant while Baldoyle had been chosen as the site of the outfall pipe.

The plant will be one of the largest in the country, with an eventual capacity for the equivalent of 700,000 people. Opponents say the facility is too big and have raised concerns about the consequences of a system failure.