ENNISCORTHY FLOOD RELIEF SCHEME ‘HAS HIT SIGNIFICANT DELAYS’
ENNISCORTHY based TD James Browne has called for the prioritisation of the Enniscorthy Flood Defence Scheme before the town is hit by devastating flooding once more.
Deputy Browne said that the project had hit significant delays and he would be concerned both that the town will once again be hit with catastrophic flooding and that the money set aside for the project will be used up elsewhere.
A public consultation on the scheme was due to take place in recent months and Minister of State for the Office of Public Works Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran has now said that this won’t take place until the first quarter of 2018.
‘We’re seeing flooding become more and more common,’ said Deputy Browne. ‘Most recently we’ve had terrible flooding in Donegal and they are getting worse and worse. This delay is a backward step.
‘We were told that the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform would receive the current design of the scheme before the end of the year.
‘However, now we’re told that the Department won’t receive the design until mid-2018. It feels as though this project is slipping in priority. Places in the likes of Cork seem to be moving forward with their flood relief schemes and my concern is that if we delay any further, all the money set aside for this will be gobbled up elsewhere.’
Deputy Browne said that no concrete reasons had been given for the delay to the scheme.
‘Minister Moran says he hopes to commence construction in late 2018 or early 2019,’ he said. ‘I’m pressing for the Minister to advance the project as soon as possible. This timeline is uncertain. Enniscorthy needs a secure infrastructure to prevent damage from floods.’