Funding for Flood Relief in Mountcatherine confirmed, as Solution for Springfield expected within two months – Minister Pat Breen.

November 2nd, 2016 - Pat Breen

Funding has been confirmed for flood protection works at Mountcatherine, Clonlara, under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme Works, according to Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen.

“The minister with special responsibility with the OPW, Sean Canney, has confirmed to me that €49,500 will be allocated to Clare County Council to remove trees and reconstruct the embankment at Mountcatherine,” said Minister Breen.

“It became very clear that the river embankment required strengthening and maintenance works in order to prevent further flooding when the Blackwater River, Ardnacrusha burst its banks causing significant flood damage to local homes last winter. Clare County Council has until July 31, 2017 to carry out this flood prevention work.”

“Of course I am well aware that this is not the only area in the county in urgent need of flood prevention work, and with his in mind, I asked senior members of the OPW to meet with me in Dublin following an earlier meeting with Clare County Council Senior Engineer Tom Tiernan,” added the minister.

“I was happy to be informed that after years of campaigning and working on flood relief for Ennis that the third phase of the Flood Relief scheme – Ennis South, is to begin early in the New Year.

“I pressed upon the OPW again the urgency of necessary work at Springfield, Clonlara and Clonahinchy, Quilty,” he said.

“Following a frank and open discussion, the OPW agreed to treat the flooding issues in Springfield as urgent, and assured me that it is currently working out a solution with Jacobs Engineering Group Inc, with a decision on the work to be presented at Christmas.

“The OPW is also to work closely with Clare County Council on this project, and subject to planning permission work should begin as soon as possible,” said Minister Breen.

“In Clonahinchy, the OPW said it is in ongoing discussions with council officials to come up with the most cost effective method of dealing with the flooding concerns there. It is the OPWs intention to meet directly with residents once a satisfactory solution has been arrived at.

“I will be asking Minister Canny to visit Clare in the near future, not only to turn the sod on the Ennis South Flood Prevention Work, but also to meet with residents from other areas affected by flooding.”