Minister of State Tony Killeen TD has warmly welcomed the
Government’s announcement concerning two major infrastructure
projects in North and West Clare.
According to the Minister - “Mr John Gormley, TD, Minister
for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, has informed
me of his decision to give approval to Clare County Council
to invite tenders for the construction of the new wastewater
treatment plant for Corofin.
"The Minister has also allocated exchequer funding of
more than €1.5m for the Carrigaholt and Labasheeda Sewerage
Minister Killeen expressed his delight that significant movement
had finally been made on advancing both projects. He continued
- “In my role as Minister of State at the Department of the
Environment, Heritage and Local Government, I invested considerable
time and effort on behalf of the local communities involved
in trying to advance these schemes to this stage. I am glad
that Minister Gormley has acknowledged the importance of these
schemes to development and other economic activity, as well
as the preservation of environmental standards in each location.”
Commenting on the Corofin scheme, the Minister added - “Clare
County Council has already received tenders for the new sewage
collection system and I understand that they expect to be
signing contracts for this work shortly. Minister Gormley’s
approval will allow the local authority to also invite tenders
for the other major element of the scheme - the new wastewater
treatment plant with capacity to cater for a population equivalent
of 3,000 people.
"His Department is providing grant assistance of over
€2.8m towards this scheme - which, overall, is expected to
cost in the region of €5.72m. Following receipt of revised
proposals from Clare County Council for the Carrigaholt/Labasheeda
scheme, Minister Gormley has now also approved grant assistance
of over €1.5m for this project.
"This clears the way for the council to draw up contract
documents - the main step in getting the scheme to the construction
stage” - Minister Killeen concluded.