Kenmare water supply saga cost taxpayer over €700,000

A decade-long attempt to secure an alternative water supply for Kenmare cost the taxpayer €700,000.

That’s according to figures released under the Freedom of Information Act to Radio Kerry.

Finding an alternative water source for Kenmare has been ongoing for well over a decade now.

In 2011, An Bord Pleanala gave the green light to Kerry County Council to get the extra water needed for the town from the River Sheen at nearby Bonane.

However, in 2014 this was successfully appealed by Danny O’Connor and other local Bonane residents at the Circuit Court on environmental grounds.

This means that an alternative water source for Kenmare has yet to be secured and the costs of the entire River Sheen proposal have now been revealed.

In total almost €701,000 was the bill for Kerry County Council; all of which has been recouped from Irish Water and the Department of the Environment.

This included €450,000 for engineering, technical and design fees and €132,000 for legal settlement in respect of costs.

Over €57,000 was spent on legal fees, €45,000 on planning fees, €9,000 for negotiation costs around legal costs and around €3,500 on advertising.