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Council being sued by Environment Protection Agency

Donegal County Council Crest

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The Environment Protection Agency is prosecuting Donegal County Council for not having a waste-water treatment plant in Bundoran.

The Council pleaded guilty at Ballyshannon District Court on Friday to a breach of an EU directive by failing to start work on a waste water plant after a licence was granted for it in November 2009.

Solicitor Barry Doyle, for the Environment Protection Agency told the court that there was no sewage treatment plant in Bundoran which had a population of over 8,000.

Work on the plant was expected to be completed it by 2012 but no work had started yet.

Lisa Finnegan, solicitor for Donegal council said funding from the Department of the Environment for the project only came through in July.

She said there was an issue related to part of the licence and there needed to be a technical amendment.

Judge Kevin Kilrane said while the council was awaiting funding they “didn’t have all their ducks in a line”. They didn’t have all their paperwork in order.

He added: “This strikes me as an excuse to delay works further.”

Ms Finnegan disagreed. She said the council was ready to go to tender. She added that she didn’t know when the work would start.

The case was adjourned to March 21 for a progress report from a council.

 

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