BREEN welcomes OPW Funding for CLARE

October 8th, 2015 - Pat Breen

Fine Gael TD, Pat Breen and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade has welcomed the additional funding of over €2.5 million which is been allocated by the OPW to Clare County Council as a once off payment for storm damage repairs.

The funding consists of €1.234 million which is monies to be drawn down by Clare County Council for works to be completed under their original allocation of over €8 million. €1.4 million will now also be allocated to Clare County Council for additional works.

Part of this funding will go towards repairs to the embankments on the Shannon/Fergus Estuary (Ballynacally, Kildysart, Labasheeda) and to the Atlantic areas of Farrihy, Doonbeg, Kilbaha and Loughdonnell. Only areas submitted in the original Minor Works Scheme applications are included in this funding.

“During the summer, when it became clear that the submission compiled for the Minor Works Scheme did not meet the minimum cost benefit ratio required under the eligibility criteria for the scheme. I began intensive negotiations with Minister of State Harris, his officials and Clare County Council to explore the options for funding these repairs outside the Minor Works Scheme. Agreement has now been reached with the OPW and Clare County Council to fund the repairs as submitted in the original applications.
I want to thank Minister of State Simon Harris T.D., OPW Officials, Clare County Council, IFA at local and national level and my Oireachtas colleagues for their support.

I am very pleased that this additional funding has been provided to the Council. There was a lot of damage done to our coastal areas as a result of the storms and this additional funding will allow the Council to continue the necessary repairs which is good news for our storm damaged areas. ”