Ionadaíocht in Éirinn

Tá an Coimisiún ag cur brú ar Éirinn bailiú agus cóireáil dramhuisce a fheabhsú

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View of lake

D'iarr an Coimisiún Eorpach ar Éirinn a chinntiú go ndéantar cóireáil iomchuí ar dhramhuisce uirbeach i 38 gceantar uirbeacha ar fud na tíre.

Faoi dhlí an Aontais Eorpaigh (Treoir 91/271/CEE ón gComhairle), tá sé de cheangal ar bhailte agus ar chathracha a ndramhuisce uirbeach a bhailiú agus a chóireáil. Is féidir le dramhuisce neamhchóireáilte sláinte an duine a chur i mbaol agus locha, aibhneacha, ithir, uisce cósta agus screamhuisce a thruailliú má scaoiltear isteach iontu é.

29/09/2016

Member States had until the end of 1998 to ensure stringent treatment for waste water from agglomerations discharging into sensitive areas. They had until the end of 2000 to ensure appropriate collecting systems and treatment were in place for discharges from treatment plants serving large agglomerations discharging into undesignated waters.

The last deadline elapsed at the end of 2005 and required the setting up of collecting systems and treatment for discharges from medium-sized and small agglomerations discharging into freshwater and estuaries agglomerations.

The 38 agglomerations in breach of these requirements are: Arklow, Athlone, Ballybofey/Stranorlar, Ballincollig New, Carringtwohill, Castlecomer, Cavan, Clifden, Clonakilty, Cobh, Cork City, Dundalk, Enfield, Enniscorthy, Fermoy, Gaoth Dobhair, Killarney, Killybegs, Longford, Mallow, Midleton, Monksland, Navan, Nenagh, Oberstown, Passage/Monktown, Portarlington, Rathcormac, Ringaskiddy, Ringsend, Roscommon Town, Roscrea, Shannon Town, Thurles, Tralee, Tubbercurry, Youghal and Waterford City.

Today's reasoned opinion follows an additional letter of formal notice sent to the Irish authorities in September 2015. If Ireland fails to act within two months, the case may be referred to the Court of Justice of the EU.