The Taoiseach needs to take ownership of the delays in the Mitchelstown Waste Water Treatment Plant and not pass it off to Ministers who have already kicked the project to touch, according to Cork East TD Seán Sherlock.

“I received a reply from the Taoiseach today (Wednesday, 28th April) to my letter to him on the importance of the Mitchelstown Wastewater Treatment Plant to developing the town and ensuring housing can be built and businesses can expand,” said Deputy Sherlock.

“Unfortunately he has forwarded the correspondence to Minister Darragh O’Brien who has previously handed the matter back to Irish Water which necessitated a Freedom of Information request from myself to get to the point where we are today – still waiting.”


“I would plead with the Government representatives of Fianna Fáil locally to exert their influence on their party colleagues in Cabinet to resolve this situation. We cannot stand idly by and see towns like Mitchelstown ground to a halt because of a failure of infrastructural investment.

“This is critical and something I will continue to push and pursue as long as I have a mandate from the people,” Deputy Sherlock told The Avondhu.


Local businessman, Denis McGrath, who has been spearheading the campaign at a local level, is continuing to push the case and urges people to keep up the pressure.

“Youghal gets €4 million for a library, Mallow gets €40 million for a new waste water facility and here in Mitchelstown we can’t even get to planning stage, we don’t even have a completed design for the wastewater facility upgrade that would allow Mitchelstown to grow and prosper.

“In the regeneration program for Cork City and County you don’t see Mitchelstown mentioned. Here in Mitchelstown we just want the tools that will allow us to grow, the same tools that other towns and villages in the county that are gifted by their representative TDs,” he said.