The communities of Duncannon, Arthurstown and Ballyhack are already benefiting from the new treatment plant, which was commissioned last week.

the €13m plant underwent a 28-day trial in August and is now fully operational this week.

Cllr Michael Whelan welcomed the result, adding that the disruption Duncannon residents faced in the early spring and summer when traffic was disrupted would prove to be worth it in time.

“The benefits for the district will be enormous. The transparency of the water in the harbor is already obvious. This opens up opportunities for development in Duncannon, Arthurstown and Ballyhack.”

Cllr Whelan said the plant would go a long way in helping Duncannon retain Blue Flag status for the beach.

He said the next step would be for Ramsgrange to join the scheme.

“At a public meeting in Ramsgrange on Thursday night a large crowd called for it. It is a €2 million project, but there is €50 million in pilot funding to take ten similar projects across the country. This is much needed in Ramsgrange which is a vibrant village with a primary and large secondary school, a day centre, a family resource centre, a pub and much more.’

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