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2nd July 2014 – Update consequent upon the transfer of the Project from Dublin City Council to Irish Water
 
Statutory responsibility for the Ringsend Waste Water Treatment Works [WwTW] Extension Project transferred from Dublin City Council to a new statutory body ‘Irish Water’ on 1st January 2014.  Following a review of the project, Irish Water is developing an alternative strategy for the expansion of the Ringsend WwTW.  This strategy involves the upgrading and expansion of the plant to provide for nutrient removal in accordance with the plant’s current discharge authorisation licence. As a consequence both procurement competitions [OJEU/TED Refs: 2012/S 248-410199; 2013/S 040-063884] for the previously approved project (the combination of a long sea outfall from, and an expansion in secondary treatment capacity) at the Ringsend WwTW have been cancelled.
 
Irish Water will shortly be progressing proposals for the revised project in order to apply for the necessary statutory approval (or modification to existing approval) it requires to fully implement same.  Irish Water will shortly be establishing its own website for the project and measures to keep interested parties informed (e.g. via email subscription).  If/when these changes arise notice will be posted on this webpage and circulated to the Dublin City Council email subscription list which may be closed on or after that date.   Interested parties are also recommended to monitor Irish Water’s own website’s projects section at [http://www.water.ie] for information posted there.
 

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19th November 2013 – Judicial Proceedings Judgement

On 19th November 2013, the High Court dismissed the application of the Sandymount and Merrion Residents Association to have the planning consent for the Ringsend WwTW Extension project quashed.  The Court ruled that there had been no unlawful conduct under either European or national law by Dublin City Council or the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and that there was no excess of jurisdiction, or failure to exercise jurisdiction, by An Bord Pleanala.  The ruling confirmed that the level of environmental protection of Dublin Bay has in no way been diminished and that further safeguards will apply to the project under the Waste Water Discharge Authorisation Regulations and under the Foreshore Acts.  The ruling described the level of consultation and engagement by the City Council with the public and stakeholders as exhaustive and stated that nothing had been left out and no-one had been misinformed in the application process.  In welcoming this decision, Dublin City Council wishes to reiterate the very significant positive impacts this project will deliver for the Liffey Estuary and for the environment of Dublin Bay, building on the significant progress made in water quality since the current plant was upgraded at the turn of the century.  This project is essential for the economic and social development of the Dublin area, its continued physical consolidation; for sustaining existing jobs; and the creation of new jobs and opportunities.  Dublin City Council will now continue to progress the project and to seek those further consents and approvals highlighted in the court’s ruling.  In doing so, the City Council will ensure that the public and all statutory bodies concerned continue to be fully consulted throughout.  Dublin City Council looks forward to implementing this critically important project with all possible speed and for the benefit of all citizens in the greater Dublin Region.

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29th October 2013 – Judicial Proceedings Update

On the 8th October 2013 the Supreme Court found that the Sandymount and Merrion Residents Association [SAMRA] had the necessary capacity and locus standi to bring judicial review proceedings in respect of the Ringsend Project consent. Consequently, the judicial review of An Bord Pleanala’s decision to grant consent for the project was heard in the Commercial Court from the 22nd to 25th October last by Justice Peter Charleton. Judgement was reserved and is expected to be delivered in or about the 19th November 2013 next.

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19th August 2013 – Judicial Proceedings Update

The 8th October 2013 has been set as the date the Supreme Court will hear the appeal in relation to the legal capacity of the Sandymount and Merrion Residents Association [SAMRA] to bring the judicial review proceedings in its own name in respect of the Ringsend Project consent. The Commercial Court has set a date of the 22nd October 2013 to undertake the judicial review (subject to the Supreme Court Appeal) and six days have been set aside for the hearing.

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10th May 2013 – Project Update - Advance Works

Further to our update of the 22nd March 2013 last Dublin City Council wishes to advise that:

  1. The removal of shrubs and trees along the eastern side of the waste water treatment works site (to facilitate the work in Item ‘3’ below) was completed on 22nd & 23rd April 2013 last.
  2. The installation of ESB power supply ducts along the northern edge of the ‘Brent Geese Compensatory Grassland’ is scheduled to commence the week beginning Monday 13th May 2013 and is scheduled to last 3 to 4 weeks.
  3. Construction of the 115 metre long access road and upgrading/improvement of part of the Pigeon House Road is due to commence the week beginning Monday 13th May 2013.

The full update is available here. (PDF 47kb)

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9th May 2013 – Treatment Capacity Expansion Contract – Expressions of Interest

Today is the closing date for Dublin City Council to receive expressions of interest from Contractors and Consortia seeking to be included on the shortlist of candidates to be invited to tender for the design and construction of the expansion of the Ringsend Treatment Plant.  Dublin City Council will now commence the process of drawing up a shortlist of candidates from whom it is proposed to invite tenders later this year.  The future award of any contract on foot of tenders received will be strictly subject to all necessary statutory and legal consents being in place for the project at the date of award. 

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2nd May 2013 – Judicial Review Proceedings Update

Dublin City Council brought a Motion to the High Court on the 21st February 2013 seeking to have the High Court proceedings of the 18th January 2013 set aside on the grounds that the Applicant [Sandymount and Merrion Residents Association] did not have sufficient ‘legal standing’ to bring the judicial review.  The High Court ruled against this motion on the 25th March 2013.  Dublin City Council appealed this decision to the Supreme Court.  While a date for the hearing of the appeal has not yet been set, the Supreme Court have agreed to give the hearing of the application priority and have indicated that a date in June or July may be assigned.

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16th April 2013 – Dublin City Council withdraws its application for the disposal of Tunnel Spoil under the Dumping at Sea Acts 1996-2012

Dublin City Council today withdrew its application for the disposal of Tunnel Spoil under the Dumping at Sea Acts 1996-2012.  This withdrawal was requested by the Environment Protection Agency on the grounds that the revised and updated Screening for an Appropriate Assessment and Natura Impact Statement (NIS) report (which is necessary to take account of the proposal to designate the ‘Rockabill to Dalkey Island’ SAC) should be subjected to a period of public consultation.  Unfortunately, there is no mechanism under the Dumping at Sea Acts to extend the period of public consultation under the original application and on that basis, the current application must be withdrawn and resubmitted as a new application for the necessary public consultation to take place.  Dublin City Council is committed to ensuring that the environmental impacts of this proposal are fully assessed and that the public are fully consulted prior to any decision on it being made and as such withdrew their application.   In light of the significant number of submissions made on the withdrawn application, Dublin City Council will now take the opportunity to consider the concerns raised and reexamine its application before any future application is made.  

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22nd March 2013 – Project Update – Advance Works  (PDF 582kb)

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21st March 2013 – Long Sea Outfall Tunnel Contract – Expressions of Interest

Today is the closing date for Dublin City Council to receive expressions of interest from Contractors and Consortia seeking to be included on the shortlist of candidates to be invited to tender for the Long Sea Outfall Tunnel element of the Ringsend Project.  Dublin City Council will now commence the process of drawing up a shortlist of candidates from whom it is proposed to invite tenders later this year.  The future award of any contract on foot of tenders received will be strictly subject to all necessary statutory and legal consents being in place for the project at the time of award.

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18th January – High Court grants SAMRA leave to bring Judicial Review proceedings.

 

The High Court today granted the Sandymount and Merrion Residents Association [SAMRA] leave to bring Judicial Review Proceedings in respect of the decision of An Board Pleanala to grant approval for the Ringsend WwTW Extension Project.  One of the main grounds for the proceedings relates to an alleged failure of the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht to propose the designation of the ‘Rockabill to Dalkey Island’ SAC and that the provisions of the Habitats Directive are being frustrated as a result.  There are four Respondents to these proceedings:  An Bord Pleanala, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ireland, and the Attorney General.  Dublin City Council is a Notice Party to the proceedings.

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6th December 2012 – Dublin City Council submits application to EPA for the disposal of tunnel spoil at a site within Dublin Bay adjacent to the Burford Bank

Dublin City Council has today applied to the EPA to dispose of c.825,000 tn of rock spoil arising during excavation of the Long Sea Outfall Tunnel at a site within Dublin Bay under the Dumping at Sea Acts 1996-2012.  The proposed disposal location is a site immediately to the west of the Burford Bank which has been in use since the 1990’s for the disposal of material from routine and capital dredging works in Dublin Port.  The application and related documentation can be viewed here . 

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3rd December 2012 – Notice of intention to designate marine Special Areas of Conservation.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, has today proposed six new marine sites for designation as Special Areas of Conservation (SACs) to protect marine habitats and species listed on the 1992 EU Habitats Directive.  One of these proposed sites is the ‘Rockabill to Dalkey Island’ SAC, within which a short section of the Long Sea Outfall Tunnel and the Marine Diffuser of the Ringsend WwTW Extension Project are to be located.  The full press release may be obtained here

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 16th November 2012 – An Bord Pleanala grants approval for the Project

An Bord Pleanala today granted approval for the Ringsend WwTW Extension Project subject to sixteen (16) conditions.  The Board’s Direction, as well as the Planning Inspector’s Report may be viewed here

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