Question No. 24

Chun an Aire Comhshaoil, Pobail agus Rialtais Áitiúil:
To the Minister for the Environment, Communi ty and Local Government:
To ask the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if the necessary funding for the continued remediation of the Kerdiffstown Landfill Site will be ring-fenced in future Budgets; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Anthony Lawlor.

For ORAL answer on Thursday, 10th December, 2015.

Ref No: 44114/15

REPLY Minister of State for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy A nn Phelan )

Remediation of the former illegal landfill at Kerdiffstown is the Government’s priority landfill remediation project for the coming years. In September 2015 , Minister Kelly br iefed the Government on the matter, outlining the scale of this complex remediation pro ject , including details of the timeframes and the estimated associated funding requirements.

Some €11.78m has been invested in the project to date, initially through the Environmental Protection Agency and, more recently, through Kildare County Council, following the transfer of responsibility for the site to the Council earlier this year. Significant further funding will be required over the coming years. While the detailed costs of remediation will not be fully known until licensing and tendering process es ha ve been completed , I anticipate that a significant proportion of the funding available for landfill remediation in my Department’s Vote for 2016 will go towards the remediation process at Kerdiffstown. The specific allocations for future years will be determined in the context of the annual Estimates processes.

Public consultation will continue to be an important feature of the project and c ommunity updates will be issued on as remedial works on the site are commissioned .