Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has said that the €668,571,000 flood relief scheme announced by Minister Kevin Boxer Moran this morning is a hugely necessary piece of work.
Councillor Ó Murchú said;
“The drainage works at Balmer’s Bog announced by Minister Moran this morning will have a hugely positive impact on people living in the Ardee Road area and across Dundalk.
“This was one of the areas which I had previously brought to the attention of the Minister
“I also asked Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran if there was any possibility of Government overspend on projects such as the National Broadband Plan and National Children’s Hospital impacting on the delivery of CFRAM projects in Louth and across the State.
“I am delighted that the Minister confirmed explicitly that these cost overruns would have no impact on any proposed anti flooding works.
“At this morning’s meeting with the Minister, Louth County Council Chief Executive Joan Martin confirmed that there are currently 1800 properties in Dundalk at risk of flooding.
“Any work to reduce this number and provide certainty for families is most welcome.
“I have queried the proposed timeframe on this project and Louth County Council staff have indicated that they will now enter negotiations with affected landowners.
“Once this is complete the Council will issue tenders for the works.”
Sinn Féin TD for Louth Gerry Adams added;
“In January 2016 I visited homes in Mounthamilton on the Ardee Road which were very badly flooded.
“The residents couldn’t get insurance for their properties due to the high level of flood risk.
“Some families living in this area have been flooded numerous times and the severity of the flooding has meant that families have had to move out for substantial periods of time.
“Since 2016 I have been liaising with Louth County Council to ensure these vital works are undertaken
“I welcome the announcement today and I know that this will be a huge relief to the families I have been working with and all of the residents in the area.”