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Submission from Thomas P. Broughan T.D at An Bord Pleanála Oral Hearing on Plan ABP 301908-18 (SID/03/18) of Irish Water for the Greater Dublin Drainage Project

My name is Thomas Broughan and I have represented the communities most affected by the proposed Clonshaugh Wastewater Treatment Plant and the proposed Baldoyle Bay outfall in Dáil Eireann for over 25 years. In the 1980’s I was also founding chairperson of Coolock Development Council and a director of that body and other local development projects, including the Northside Centre for the Unemployed.
Since November 2011, this is my fifth submission opposing the location of the Wastewater Treatment Plant at Clonshaugh and the location of the outfall pipeline through the Portmarnock peninsula into our much loved Baldoyle Bay.

BLOG FOR WEEK ENDING MARCH 22ND

At the end of last week and beginning of this week, I sent in lengthy submissions to both Dublin City Council’s and Fingal County Council’s Draft Climate Change Action Plans 2019-2024. I ensured that I included important areas such as transport (including improved cycling infrastructure), waste management and flood resilience. The public consultation is open until Monday, the 25th of March and can be done online at the following web address: https://dublinclimatechange.codema.ie/make-a-submission/.

UPDATE ON THE GREATER DUBLIN DRAINAGE PROJECT

Today, Friday the 27th of July, I submitted my own detailed submission to An Bord Pleanála objecting to the proposed location of the Greater Dublin Drainage Project in Clonshaugh/Baldoyle Bay so close to residential estates. I have been writing to constituents in the neighbouring areas to notify them of the recent plans submitted by Irish Water with regards to the Greater Dublin Drainage project. As you may know, I held meetings and made extensive submissions on earlier phases of this proposal. I remain totally opposed to the location of this project in Clonshaugh and I expressed this opposition strongly in my own submission and I also called for an Oral Hearing. Please see below, a very brief overview of the proposed project and details of the process of how to submit objections to An Bord Pleanála.

DÁIL PQ WITH MINISTER OF PUBLIC EXPENDITURE ON PPPs

As the Minister knows, there has been much criticism and two major debates about public private partnerships, PPPs, in this House. Our parliamentary budget office has carried out an overview of PPPs in Ireland, asking that we address the pretty opaque nature and the lack of transparency in the whole area of PPPs. There is a difficulty in measuring true value for money down to the 2040s or 2060s. The overview made some specific proposals on water contracts and the multi-annual budget.

BLOG WEEK ENDING SEPTEMBER 30th

On Thursday this week, I got the opportunity to speak on the Water Services Bill 2017. I recalled the long and successful struggle of the Right2Water campaign in Dublin Bay North and throughout Ireland and paid tribute to the tens of thousands of citizens who peacefully and steadfastly opposed water charges and the privatisation of water supplies. I warned that Part 2 of the Bill on water allowances, thresholds amounts must not be permitted to become an excuse for the reintroduction of charges through the back door and called for amendments to this part of the Bill and to the provisions on Irish Water itself.

DÁIL SPEECH ON THE WATER SERVICES BILL 2017

I am glad to have the opportunity to speak briefly on the Water Services Bill 2017. From the outset I was opposed to the Fine Gael Ervia project, including Irish Water, whose aim was always to privatise Ireland’s domestic water supply.

I always advocated that all the necessary capital funding for expanding water supplies and the maintenance of water systems around the country should be a core part of the annual and multi-annual capital budgets. For about eight years I was chair of the Dublin City Council general purposes committee, which among many other matters looked after the water supply for much of the Dublin region. I saw at first hand how the city council, which organised and provided this water, was denied resources by successive Governments led by Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael to carry out critical maintenance for new pipework and to expand Dublin water supply resources. When we were trying to get the Leixlip works refurbished and developed, we had a great struggle to get funding from the Fianna Fáil-led Government.

BROUGHAN QUERIES HOWTH/SUTTON/BALDOYLE WATER OUTAGES

Prior to Christmas 2016, Deputy Tommy Broughan made enquiries with Fingal County Council and Irish Water regarding the increasing instances of water outages in the Howth/Sutton/Baldoyle area. During November and December 2016, there were sometimes daily notices being sent by Fingal County Council outlining how areas around these parishes were to be without water supply for significant periods during the day.

DÁIL SPEECH ON WATER IN PUBLIC OWNERSHIP BILL

I thank the House for the opportunity to speak briefly on my colleague Deputy Collins’ important Private Member’s Bill, the Thirty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Water in Public Ownership) (No. 2) Bill 2016. I warmly congratulate Deputy Collins on her great perseverance and determination in bringing forward the Bill to ensure that the national water supply and infrastructure will remain forever, as the amendment would provide, in public ownership and management. Deputy Collins was a leading candidate who stood on the Right2Change platform in the February general election. A key commitment of that platform, supported outstandingly by the Mandate and Unite trade unions, was to abolish water taxes and ensure through a referendum that our water services infrastructure remains always in the ownership of the Irish people. I am proud to stand beside Deputy Collins on the Right2Change programme and am delighted that her Bill to amend the Constitution will, hopefully, be accepted by Dáil Éireann this week.

ONLY THOSE WHO WANT TO PRIVATISE WATER WILL NOT SUPPORT WATER BILL – BROUGHAN

Deputy Tommy Broughan has today spoken in strong support of Deputy Joan Collin’s Private Members’ Bill on the Thirty-fifth Amendment of the Constitution (Water in Public Ownership) (No. 2) Bill 2016. Deputy Collin’s Bill provides for the amendment of Article 28 of the Constitution to enshrine water in public ownership. Deputy Broughan re-iterated Deputy Collin’s argument that unless an elected representative is in favour of privatising water in Ireland, they must support this Bill.

DÁIL DISCUSSIONS ON IRISH WATER HAVE ALWAYS BEEN UNDEMOCRATIC – BROUGHAN

In Dáil Éireann today, Deputy Broughan strongly condemned the undemocratic way in which discussions and debates on Irish Water and water charges have been dictated by Fine Gael and Labour. As a Right2Change candidate, Deputy Broughan has strongly stood by the mandate given to him by the electorate of Dublin Bay North that Irish Water and water charges must be abolished. Deputy Broughan highlighted the undemocratic nature of discussions on the introduction of water charges and the setting up of Irish Water in Dáil Éireann with late night and guillotined debates. These charges and super quango were introduced by diktat and now seem to be one of the main reasons that a Government has not yet been agreed over 2 months after election day.