Bord na Móna have defended their planned reservoir in a 700 acre cutaway bog in Garryhinch, following public criticism at the launch of Business Mountmellick’s new website.
“Bord na Móna was set up for the extraction of peat, now it’s in the utilities business,” said an audience member.
Colm O’Gógáin who had given an update on the planned 700 acre lake, said peat was nearing its end.
“I started in 1974 and bogs that were being cut then are nearly gone. The reality is bogs are near their end, peat won’t be there forever. We are in five business sectors and less than 50 percent of our turnover is from peat. Part of planning is to specify afteruse. What is happening in Garryhinch is an a ppropriate one, we have a moral obligation to a sustain able society,” he said.
The reservoir and waterpark is designed to be a back up source of water for half the population of the country, Mr O’Gógáin said.
It is still at least 11 years away however, depending on being accepted by Irish Water, and planning approval. The 2013 date of applying for planning has beene xtended by another year to 18 months.