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Mac Sharry holds public information meeting on Septic Tank legislation

Senator Marc Mac Sharry will tonight hold a public information meeting on the changes in legislation for Septic Tank owners.

Senator Mac Sharry told SligoToday.ie: "The legislation brought in by the Government will have considerable implications for rural dwellers and there has been a lot of concern about the implications of the new conditions.

"The Environment Minister Phil Hogan recently announced that the registration fee will be dropped from €50 to €5 for those who register in the first three month. However I believe this misses the point.

"The main cause for concern that has been raised with me is the potential high cost of upgrading tanks that fail inspection and the regulations that will govern the inspection regime. The Sligo-North Leitrim constituency proportionally has more individual septic tanks (49.2%) than the national average (29.5%).

"Tonight’s public meeting will give people an opportunity to hear as much information as is available a get advice about the next steps. I am delighted to say Jim Connolly of the Irish Rural Dwellers Association will be available to speak at the meeting and Councillor Joe Queenan has agreed to Chair it. "Anyone is welcome to attend this evening and I look forward to discussing this issue with residents."

Public Information Meeting Date: Thursday, 23rd February Time:

8.00pm at the Dromore West Community Centre, County Sligo