MacSharry calls on people of the North West to have their say on septic tank issue

Sligo/North Leitrim Senator Marc MacSharry held his second Septic Tank Public Information Night, in The Yeats Inn in Curry, Co Sligo last Thursday night. MacSharry told all in attendance that the legislation brought in by the Government will have considerable implications for rural dwellers.

Sligo/North Leitrim Senator Marc MacSharry held his second Septic Tank Public Information Night, in The Yeats Inn in Curry, Co Sligo last Thursday night. MacSharry told all in attendance that the legislation brought in by the Government will have considerable implications for rural dwellers.

He also accused Minister for the Environment Phil Hogan of “missing the point” when it came to reducing the registration fee. “Mr Hogan recently announced that the registration fee will be dropped from €50 to €5 for those who register in the first three months. This completely misses the point as the simple fact is that rural dwellers cannot afford the cost of upgrading their septic tanks without any State support. This must be addressed”, he said.

He also called on all rural dwellers in the Sligo and Leitrim to have their voice heard. He continued: “We are encouraging people all over the country to make a submission to the Department in relation to all aspects of the proposed regulations. We wish to make it clear to the Minister that we want him to abolish the registration fee and all other fees, that 100% grant aid is introduced for upgrading and that issues in relation to environmental impact studies, planning and site size are addressed.”

Submissions can be made e-mail to watersp@environ.ie or in writing to Domestic Waste Water Systems – Consultations, Water Services Policy Section, Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, Newtown Road, Wexford. You can also sign and stamp the post card, which is available at Senator Marc MacSharry’s Constituency Office in Teeling St, Sligo.