Sewerage case for High Court

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The environmental group at the centre of the Moville-Greencastle sewerage scheme protests has decided to fight the decision on the controversial treatment plant in the High Court, the ‘Journal’ has learned.

In a bitter blow this summer to those opposed to the sewerage scheme, An Bord Pleanala finally gave the green light for the construction of the Carnagarve treatment plant.

However at a crunch make-or-break meeting last month, prominent members of the community of Moville and Greencastle pledged their support to the Community for a Clean Estuary, in their 21-year battle with Donegal County Council over the proposed sewerage scheme, vowing to give financial support for a High Court appeal.

Following a two day stint in Dublin meeting with solicitors, a spokesperson for the group said they filled the papers for the appeal last Thursday.

Enda Craig said he felt this was necessary given that the Inspector in the original report had recommended refusal only to see the recommendation overturned by the Board

“Having sought legal advice and with support from the Carnagarve residents and other interested parties this was now the only option left to us in an attempt to finally see justice done on this scheme.”

Mr Craig claimed the people of Moville and Greencastle have been “sold a pig in a poke” regarding this project.

“Even after a long process and money squandered we are still none the wiser as to the type of plant that is proposed to be provided. At the end of the day the future of Lough Foyle and its beaches are at stake.”

He said it was necessary for the community group, Campaign for a Clean Estuary, to take the fight on “and to follow the case into the Courts”.

“We have to take our chances in the High Court as our repeated concerns have not been listened to and we have only this course of action open to us now”.

Any person wishing to assist the group can contact Ciaran Boyce on: 0749373136.