BREEN welcomes funding for Coastal Study in New Quay

April 13th, 2015 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has welcomed the news that the OPW has approved funding for coastal erosion and flood risk management studies for New Quay, Co Clare.

“Following representations, I was pleased to be informed by the Minister of State, with responsibility for the OPW, Simon Harris T.D., today (Monday) that the OPW has agreed in principle to provide funding to Clare County Council to undertake this study.

I understand that Aughinish may also be included in the scope of the New Quay Study.

“Over 3km of coast road was damaged in New Quay and devastating damage was done to the famous Flaggy Shore road which was covered in rocks and stones which were thrown up due to the high seas and wind. While remedial works were carried out by Clare County Council with funding for the works provided by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, the Local Authority is now very anxious to have the coast defences strengthened in this area and this study will form the basis for any future coastal defence’s works.

Approval for these studies in New Quay and Aughinish follows on from funding provided for studies in Kilbaha, Clonahincy, Lahinch, Liscannor & Clahanes and the outcome of these studies will provide invaluable information to support decision making about how best to manage risks associated with coastal flooding and coastal erosion in these areas.”