THE Ratheniska, Timahoe, Spink (RTS) Community Environmental Group who, up to today, (Tuesday), have spent 328 continuous days protesting outside the site where EirGrid propose to install an electricity sub power station at Coolnabacca, have questioned candidates in the upcoming local election about their stance on the project.
The group say that 2,500,000 litres of water rises naturally to the surface at the Kyle spring every day at Coolnabacca, which feeds seven group water schemes and seven local schools as well as countless clubs, businesses and farms.
They say that an estimated 8,000 people rely on the spring for their clean drinking water through Ratheniska, Timahoe, Stradbally, Luggacurren, Ballylinan and on to Graiguecullen.
The group claims that should the EirGrid project proceed that it would directly threaten the spring, which is adjacent to the development.
The group asked questions of all ten candidates contesting for six council seats in the Graiguecullen/Portarlington municipal district: ‘Present incumbent. What actions have you taken as an elected representative of the people of the area to protect this precious resource that is relied on by so many people in the area and further afield?’
First-time candidate: ‘What have you done to inform yourself of the issue? What action have you taken to protect the resource?’
To all the candidates: ‘If elected, what actions do you propose to take in your term to make sure that this precious resource is protected now and for generations to come?’