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Kennedy Analysis (and others) spent years calling for an independent review of this project. In 2018 the CRU was finally asked to review the project - that review was meant to be completed in 2019. It has still not been completed: the CRU says this is because Irish Water has not provided the necessary information - yet Irish Water continues to spend money and progress the project as if no review was going on. When the project was sent for review the Irish Times published this editorial:
To read the latest Kennedy Analysis submission on Irish Water's proposed Shannon pipeline project (March 2022) click here
On 25 April 2018 Kennedy Analysis appeared before the Joint Committee (whose role is to hold Irish Water to account) to discuss the proposed Shannon-to-Dublin pipeline.
- To see Emma Kennedy debating the Shannon pipeline CLICK HERE.
- To watch the full Joint Committee meeting CLICK HERE
(scroll through to 1h34m, when the relevant session begins).
The Irish Times
"Shannon pipeline not needed if Dublin water leaks fixed, study claims"
July 2, 2018
Emma Kennedy was on Tipp FM discussing the leakage crisis and the poor decisions that have led to hosepipe bans in Ireland.
RTE PRIME TIME
March 27 and April 24, 2018
Emma Kennedy appeared on Prime Time flagging the "misleading" statements made by Irish Water to justify the Shannon pipeline and its lack of a plan to prevent water outages in Dublin.
Using Irish Water's own data and nothing more than its existing unambitious leakage targets, the amount of water that will be recovered through fixing leaks in the coming years will offset the projected growth in Dublin's demand.
Emma Kennedy said on the show: “You can spend EUR1.3billion on the Shannon pipeline and after a few more outages Dubliners will quite rightly say “enough is enough, replace these pipes” at which point they will be replaced…. Why are you asking the taxpayer to pay twice?”.
"THE AWKWARD SQUAD DESERVE A FAIR HEARING" THETIMES
March 16, 2018
"Ms Kennedy’s analysis appears stringent. Dublin’s demand for water is dropping. Its water problems come from the fact that only 43 per cent of the treated water is actually used. More than half leaks away through its crippled Victorian pipe system."
"The Victorian pipes of Dublin will eventually have to be fixed and Ms Kennedy’s argument is a simple one: why pay twice?"
"SHANNON PIPELINE: IS IT THE BEST WAY TO SPEND EUR1.2BILLION?", IRISH TIMES
February 10, 2018
“You do not have to scratch the surface very deeply to discover that a project of the scale of the proposed Shannon Project is no longer needed" ... “It is very poor governance to deem Irish Water the appropriate arbiter of whether or not the Kennedy analysis is valid” ....
“Leaky supply pipes are running alongside sewage pipes that are leaking too. Irish Water accepts ‘water ingress’ is happening.” In Kennedy’s analysis, “that means raw sewage”.
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