Irish Water blames delays on faulty planning system

Chief executive says even small projects will take twice as long as they should due to lack of resources at An Bord Pleanála

Niall Gleeson, chief executive of Irish Water: said judicial reviews of some Irish Water projects had delayed the organisation’s progress. Picture: Fergal Phillips

Irish Water’s “minor projects” will take twice as long to complete due to planning system delays, according to the semi-state’s chief executive, Niall Gleeson. “We’re saying five to seven years even on relatively minor projects for delivery. We should be saying two to three years,” he said.

The organisation has been criticised by commercial and residential property developers for causing delays to projects due to its inability to deliver connections in a timely manner.

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