Fingal County Council offers people the earliest opportunity to feed into the first step to determine the best locations for vital new drainage and waste water treatment infrstructure.

25th May 2011: Fingal County Council would like to engage with all stakeholders at a very early stage of Greater Dublin Drainage by commencing an initial consultation process.  The Greater Dublin Drainage initiative aims to provide the drainage infrastructure that the Greater Dublin Area needs to continue to develop, both socially and economically.  The initiative involves the provision of a new wastewater treatment works, a marine outfall and new drainage network in the northern part of the Greater Dublin Area.

“Very often critical infrastructural projects are the subject of public disquiet because the public are not involved early on and given an opportunity to help to decide where projects should be built. We hope that by offering the public this very early chance to have their say on the criteria that should be taken into account before any locations for the project are placed on a map, we can build the infrastructure Dublin needs in partnership with the people who need it most. These criteria could be environmental, economic heritage social or other – we want to hear about them all,” says David O’Connor, Fingal County Manager.

This phase of the non-statutory consultation is four weeks long, ending on 24 June 2011. Among the ways in which people can have their say on the Greater Dublin Drainage initiative during this period are:

In person: by coming to meet the team at one of four Open Days in Fingal

  • 7th June Fingal County Council,  Swords, 2pm-7pm
  • 8th June Fingal County Council, Blanchardstown, 2pm-7pm
  • 14th June, Balbriggan Town Hall, 2pm-7pm
  • 16th June, Fingal County Council, Swords 2pm-7pm

In writing: by submitting feedback in writing to: Greater Dublin Drainage Project Manager (c/o RPS Group, West Pier Business Campus, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin, Ireland)

Online: by emailing us at

By phone: by calling the Project Team at the Lo Call Information Line: 1890 44 55 67.

Without this initiative, the potential for development of essential resources and facilities, such as schools, hospitals, industry, businesses and homes, will be severely restricted throughout the Greater Dublin Area – a scenario which is unthinkable for a capital region.  The Council is determined to ensure that the most appropriate and suitable locations are selected for Greater Dublin Drainage, and that all interested stakeholders be consulted with and involved in the decision making process.

Fingal County Council seeks feedback from the general public, interested groups and organisations on what issues or concerns should be taken into account in determining the locations of the three elements of the Greater Dublin Drainage project.  This early engagement is in addition to the future statutory consultation phases of the initiative, when a planning application will be made for whichever locations are chosen for the new infrastructure.

Information on the project can be found on the project website

For further information: Mary Murphy, 087-233 6415 Lo Call Information line: 1890 44 55 67 or email us at

Note to Editors:

The Greater Dublin Strategic Drainage Study (GDSDS) completed in 2005 and the Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) carried out on the GDSDS by the local authorities in 2008 identified the need for new drainage infrastructure as the current system is not adequate to cope with the demand. The lack of waste water capacity in parts of the Greater Dublin Area is placing constraints on the implementation of existing accepted planned development, as set out in the respective City and County Development Plans.

The GDSDS and the SEA considered 16 different options and recommended that a new waste water treatment works should be built at a suitable site in the northern part of the Greater Dublin Area with an outfall point on the Dublin coastline discharging in to the Irish Sea. A new orbital sewer is required to bring waste water from the west of the GDA and to accommodate future development and new enterprise in areas around Blanchardstown, Lucan, Clondalkin, Mulhuddart, East Meath and Kildare. A shortlist of sites will be compiled in the coming months before a preferred scheme and site are identified.

For further information: Mary Murphy 087 233 6415