Notice : Public Meeting on Flooding in South Galway

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Flooding in Tierneevin [Courtesy of Sean Brady Aerial Photography]
The following is an announcement to attend a public meeting in Sullivan’s Hotel on Monday 18th April, @ 8:30 pm.  Is there anything that you want to highlight or ask? Please send on any  questions or issues that you’d like to highlight as comments to this page or email murrcoole@gmail.com


 

“It is important that we don’t lose focus or momentum on finding long term solutions to the flooding challenge across South Galway. As you are aware, An Bord Pleanala has now granted planning permission for the Dunkellin/Aggard Flood Relief Project and a fund of €6m has been allocated to the project.

 

Work on the Dunkellin will commence shortly and when completed it will allow us to develop other smaller flood relief projects which will feed into the Dunkellin and Aggard. We also have a budget of €430,000 allocated for the Ballinderreen/Kiltiernan Flood Relief Project and Galway Co. Council will lodge an application for planning permission for this project as soon as possible. Cllr. Joe Byrne and Deputy Ciaran Cannon are working with the community in Cahermore to ensure that the emergency channel excavated in early January will be piped and made permanent and we are hopeful that this work will commence shortly.

We are now at a point where lasting flood relief solutions can be found for all of our South Galway communities but we need to approach this challenge on a regional basis. There is no point in solving a flooding problem in one location only to create a similar problem in another. We also need to consult extensively with landowners in every affected townland across South Galway to seek their opinion on what needs to be done in their own locality. All of this very valuable local information can then be made part of the regional solution. On that basis Deputy Ciaran Cannon is organising a public meeting in Sullivan’s Hotel, Gort on Monday the 18th of April at 8.30pm and he would be very grateful if you could attend. He will also be inviting his two Oireachtas colleagues Sean Canney TD and Anne Rabbitte TD. The meeting will focus solely on identifying solutions for every community which has been flooded in the past and it will be conducted in a spirit of partnership.

Collectively we can pool our knowledge and wisdom to solve South Galway’s flooding problem once and for all. Together we can create a strong voice for South Galway which will be heard at the very highest level in the incoming government.”

-Ciaran Cannon

 

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