Dublin and Shannon water


Sir, – I’m visiting my native Limerick this week, and am shocked to see the reduced flow of the Shannon’s water over the falls at Curraghower during this dry spell. It is now possible to walk across this “Lordly Shannon”.

Can it really be proposed to pipe this remaining water to our overgrown capital city? Dublin has an insatiable hunger to grow and grow, and it does so at the expense of all the regions. Dublin is destroying itself in congestion, pollution and inefficiencies.

All of the people of Ireland, even those in the Shannon Basin, will be taxed a billion euro to take this most precious resource from the Atlantic Economic Corridor to a profligate Dublin, where half of the water will leak away, and much of the rest will refresh golf courses and wash cars. This is surely a disgrace. Like Humpty Dumpty, Dublin just wants to eat up the wealth of the country and get fatter and fatter.

Some 50 years ago John Healy wrote that “No one shouted stop”. I am now shouting “Stop!” before this madness gains further traction. – Yours, etc,