A project critical to the security of 2,000 jobs in Clonmel and the future economic development of South Tipperary is to proceed despite strong objections from residents and some public representatives.
Residents of Giantsgrave, Clonmel had lodged objections to a proposed reservoir and ancillary works in the area. They were supported by nine councillors at a meeting of South Tipperary County council on Monday which voted by a margin of six votes to give the green light to the County Manager Joe McGrath to proceed with the controversial plan.
After the vote Mr McGrath said the project, the first phase in a crucial major water scheme, was of huge importance to Clonmel and South Tipperary.
“It’s the first phase in a multi million project. Local firms Abbott and Boston Scientific have ongoing problems with water supply which is less than an ideal situation and this project is very important to keeping those jobs and to have this infrastructure in place will strengthen my hand in trying to attract jobs and new investment to South Tipperary”, he said.
After the vote Mr McGrath said the planning process was complete and he would now be going to Irish Water with the approval of the County Council to advance the project with some urgency. He acknowledged the concerns of the residents and said a liason officer between the council and residents would be put in place. A lack of consultation was one of the main objections Giantsgrave residents had with the project.
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