The communities of South Galway that have been plunged into crisis several times in recent decades have recently rallied together to form the South Galway Flood Relief Committee.
“As the year has progressed we’ve found that the priority assured to us in South Galway during and immediately after the flooding emergency of winter 2015 has become very diluted”, said David Murray, who runs the ‘South Galway Floods’ Facebook page and corresponding blog site https://southgalwayfloods.wordpress.com/
“We’ve spent a lot of time this year analysing and detailing the problems at each locality until we’ve come up with a very good understanding of what is happening in the overall picture of South Galway flooding. We know what the problems are and we have a very good idea of the solutions – and they are simpler and cheaper than what was previously anticipated. What we have found, however, is that the assurances and priority we were given pre-election have dissipated, communications have been ambiguous, and the investigation or design of solutions hasn’t even started. The whole collective community of South Galway is extremely frustrated with the inaction. We’ve decided as a community that we need to come together on this and get firm commitment and execution on a rapid solution delivery.” he continued.
Murray, with other members from South Galway communities, has recently formed the South Galway Flood Relief Committee from the Slieve Aughty mountains to the sea, at Kinvara. The objective of this committee is to progressively drive the rapid delivery of solutions to alleviate flooding crises in South Galway. The committee currently consists of Tom Fahy, Colm Burke, Michael Cahill , David Murray, Eugene Nolan , Michael Flaherty , Padraig Linnane, Seamus Kelly, Martin McInerney and Joe Keane as well as a groundswell of support from across the community.
“We have a brilliant collection of communities in South Galway that all worked extremely hard last winter to support the communities most affected by the flooding. At this stage I’m getting calls every other day from people asking if they can help out. That shows the support there is for this in South Galway as a whole. John Sullivan of Sullivan’s hotel has also offered his hotel facilities for any committee, or public meetings. Sean Brady has been instrumental in helping us build a full picture of flooding impacts with his drone photography. ” he said.
The committee have already penned a letter to Minister Sean Canney requesting to him to attend a meeting with the committee and bring the relevant representatives to the table – including OPW, TII(NRA), NPWS, Coillte, Galway County Council. As Minister for Flood Relief, this is what he has been empowered to do and the committee will be asking questions that will clarify the commitment, plan and timeline for flooding solutions in South Galway.