13 DECEMBER 2016
An ICSA delegation led by national president Patrick Kent has met with senior representatives from Irish Water and Ervia to highlight the issues affecting farmers along the proposed new water pipeline from the river Shannon to Dublin. Ervia are the company responsible for the project infrastructure development.
Speaking following the meeting Mr Kent said “ICSA has concerns over the justification of the pipeline at all given that it is apparent those living in Dublin either can’t pay, won’t pay or don’t pay for water, yet farmers are expected to have their business disrupted and their lands devalued to facilitate this.”
Also speaking after the meeting, ICSA rural development chairman Seamus Sherlock said “This is commercial farmland we’re talking about and farmers along the route are very worried about having their livelihoods interrupted. They are also concerned about the many possible ramifications of having the pipeline cross their lands far into the future.”
ICSA will continue to engage with Irish Water and Ervia to ensure that all concerns are addressed and that each farmer affected by the pipeline is treated fairly.