Throughout the pre-planning process, the public was consulted with and informed. Several changes to the development proposals were made as a direct result of the comments received.
A public and stakeholder participation report was prepared and submitted as part of the planning application to An Bord Pleanála in 2018.
During the environmental assessment period from 2014 to 2018, the GDD project team continued to adopt a proactive approach to ongoing public and stakeholder engagement by issuing regular project progress updates to news subscribers, holding public information events locally, study tours to other wastewater facilities, and through briefing a wide range of stakeholders including community groups, businesses, prescribed bodies, state agencies, local authorities, public representatives and media.
Over 34,000 people have engaged with the GDD Project Team since 2011, at open days, meetings, on the information telephone line and email service and by making written submissions. More than 230 stakeholder meetings were organised by the project team including 34 public information events.
As part of the planning documentation, Uisce Éireann has published the GDD Public and Stakeholder Participation Report which documents the previous consultations and engagement and how public feedback has informed the development of the GDD project.