IRISH WATER COULD DELAY OR PREVENT DONEGAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN – PRINGLE

first_imgThomas Pringle TD raised concerns around Irish Water’s influence over planning and development decisions in light of the Government’s new General Scheme on Planning and Development (No.2) Bill 2014.Deputy Thomas PringleAlthough Pringle welcomed the attempt to consolidate previous planning bills into one bigger, less complex piece, he argued that it lacked real regulatory power especially over new government bodies such as Irish Water.‘Irish Water will have the ability to facilitate and potentially delay or prevent development which could affect Donegal’s Development Plan. We don’t know the repercussions of this level of influence over development and what’s worse, we don’t know how it will be regulated. “Nowhere in the new Bill does it specify how Irish Water’s decision-making power will be made accountable to the people in the context of planning and development’ says Pringle.‘There are already questions surrounding the establishment of Irish Water, not to mention the Government taking money from sources of peoples’ income to force them to comply and pay their bills.“Furthermore, the establishment of a Planning Regulator as independent is misleading. The Planning Regulator will have to take into consideration the Minister’s opinion and meet on a regular basis. As a result, how can we be sure that the Planning Regulator can oversee and regulate Irish Water’s influence effectively?’ concludes Pringle.IRISH WATER COULD DELAY OR PREVENT DONEGAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN – PRINGLE was last modified: May 13th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img

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