Pat “the Cope” Gallagher, Fianna Fáil MEP, has confirmed that Donegal County Council has invited expressions of interest from contractors to design, build and operate the 7 million euro Dungloe and Glenties sewerage schemes.
He said the council hoped to award a contract for the project by the second quarter of 2012, with construction beginning after that.
“These schemes will provide new wastewater treatment plants, pumping stations and sewers in Dungloe and Glenties to replace the present overloaded and obsolete infrastructure,” Mr. Gallagher said. He said the new works will “facilitate existing and future residential and commercial development in the Dungloe and Glenties areas” and improve the quality of the Dungloe and Owenea rivers.
The local MEP said the closing date for submissions of expressions of interest is Aug. 26. The county council will then invite qualified contractors to tender for the project. The council wants to be in a position to award the contract to the successful tenderer by the second quarter of next year, he said.
Mr. Gallagher paid tribute to Fianna Fáil Cllr. David Alcorn and former Fianna Fáil Cllr. Enda Bonner for their work on the project, and to officials of the county council and the Department of the Environment for their work in advancing both schemes.