Louth Flood Plans

Dundalk TD Ruairí Ó Murchú raised the issue of the CFRAM plan for Louth and East Meath in Leinster House recently and sought an update from the government about the multi-million euro plans.

The Sinn Féin deputy asked Minister for Public Expenditure Paschal Donohoe about a number of projects earmarked under the CFRAM project including flooding defence works at Dundalk and Blackrock to which €40 million has been allocated.

Other CFRAM plans, such as Carlingford and Greenore, which will cost €23.41 million; Drogheda, costing €17 million and works at Ardee, Termonfeckin and Annagassan were also raised.

Mr Ó Murchú said he had met the former minister, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, a number of times when the TD had visited Louth, but this was ‘some time ago’. The TD said Mr Moran had engaged positively with Louth County Council and had made a number of site visits, including to Balmer’s Bog in Dundalk, where work is about to begin.

The Louth TD said he welcomed the commitment from Minister Donohoe that there would be allowances made for changes to the plans, which were first launched in 2018 and added that the money has been ringfenced for the CFRAM scheme.

Mr Ó Murchú told Minister Donohoe that Louth County Council was waiting on authorisation from the Office of Public Works (OPW) to appoint consultants to move the projects onto their next stage and get work started.

He also welcomed the news that the OPW which is responsible for the delivery of the CFRAM project, would look at delivering necessary ‘quick wins’ in the Louth constituency.

He also raised the issue of house insurance difficulties experienced by people living in Bay Estate.

Mr Ó Murchú said: ‘I used the time I was allocated during a debate on the OPW’s role in climate action to raise with Minister Donohoe the CFRAM project in Louth.

‘I welcome the commitments he gave to me in Leinster House, particularly the commitment that the OPW would contact Louth County Council to authorise them to appoint consultants to move the works to the next phase.

‘This work, particularly in Dundalk, which would see over 1700 homes protected from flooding, needs to commence as soon as possible, particularly given the challenges of climate change’.

CFRAM flood alleviation works will not be impacted by government overspend – Ó Murchú

Cllr Ruairí Ó Murchú & Minister Kevin Moran

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.”


Success of CFRAM project will be measured by delivery – Cllr Ó Murchú

Louth Sinn Féin Councillor Ruairí Ó Murchú has said that the allocation of €83 million to alleviate flooding in the county must be targeted to protect those most vulnerable.

Following a presentation in Louth County Council offices by Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran at which Sinn Féin Councillors Ruairí Ó Murchú, Anne Campbell and Pearse McGeough were in attendance, Cllr Ó Murchú said;

“The CFRAM project has long been in the pipeline so I welcome the progress which was outlined to Councillors in the presentation. It is welcome news that a steering committee has been established to oversee the delivery of these flood defences and that the committee will formally meet in October.

“What is lacking at the moment, however, is the detail about what schemes are to be progressed and in what order. I accept that this is a major project which will necessitate detailed plans and specialist input. However, the success of the project can only be measured by delivery.

“We simply cannot countenance areas of repeat flooding such as Mounthamilton, Red Barnes Road and the Flurry River area. I am heartened at the Minister’s commitment to return to Louth in the coming weeks and visit some of the places which regularly flood and I will be sending him a list of suggested areas.

“I look forward to working with the local CFRAM committee to protect homes and businesses across Louth. It is estimated that 2,300 properties will be protected on completion of the works.”