DALY Announces 5.5 million Euro Investment in Clonakilty Town.

Clonakilty based Fine Gael TD Jim Daly has confirmed that the
Department of the Environment has this week approved
funding of 5.5 million euro to upgrade the Clonakilty Town Sewerage
Scheme. Welcoming the news, Deputy Daly commended Minister Hogan and
his officials for progressing this long overdue project which has been
sought by the people of Clonakilty for over 10 years. “The need for an
upgrade of this system and the bad odour occurring especially at peak
tourism times has been a source of major concern to the people of
Clonakilty town for over ten years. I am delighted as a Government TD
in the town to be in a position to confirm that these works will now
finally begin. I have worked closely with the minister and his
officials to ensure that the monies for this scheme were made
available at the earliest opportunity” stated Jim Daly.

The contract to upgrade, design, build and operate the scheme was
successfully bid for by EPS at a cost of just under 5.5 million euros.
The existing sewerage treatment plant for Clonakilty is overloaded and
at times has an incoming pollution load of up to three times the
design capacity of the plant. The current design capacity of the plant
which was designed over 30 years ago is for up to 5,000 persons. At
peak capacity times in the town of Clonakilty the present system has
had to cater for up to 17,000 population equivalent.

This news will be particularly welcomed in Clonakilty a thriving
tourist town which relies heavily on visitors to the area. Local
businesses have in recent years been under pressure from bad odours
which have had a negative impact on visitors and locals alike. “This
investment in the town will be particularly welcomed by the business
community who have had to endure the plague of an under performing
treatment plant for many years and the negative impact this has had on
their business. This investment of almost 5.5 million euros follows on
from the additional €1.5 million euro being spent presently on the By
Pass road and the soon to begin building of a new 16 classroom Gaelscoil which
(final tender yet to be released) represents very significant investment in
necessary infrastructure in Clonakilty town by this Government.” concluded Jim Daly