Sur­veys to de­ter­mine level of Mur­rough pro­tec­tion works

Wicklow People (Arklow) - - NEWS -

THE MIN­IS­TER of State for the Of­fice of Pub­lic Works and Flood Re­lief has or­dered two sur­veys to be car­ried out on ero­sion taking place at the Mur­rough.

Min­is­ter Kevin ‘Boxer’ Mo­ran vis­ited the Mur­rough yes­ter­day (Tues­day) and wit­nessed for him­self the ex­tent of coastal ero­sion which is oc­cur­ring along the pop­u­lar walk.

In 2016, Iarn­ród Eire­ann car­ried out emer­gency works on New Years Day to pro­tect the rail­way line from be­ing im­pacted by se­vere ero­sion in the wake of Storm Frank.

Wick­low County Coun­cil also put in place pro­tec­tive mea­sures. How­ever, re­cent stormy weather has re­sulted in fur­ther chunks of the walk be­ing washed away.

Fianna Fáil Deputy Pat Casey was part of the del­e­ga­tion ac­com­pa­ny­ing Min­is­ter Mo­ran dur­ing Tues­day’s visit.

‘I was de­lighted he agreed to visit and see at first hand the dam­age that has oc­curred and the po­ten­tial that ad­e­quate de­fences could bring to the Mur­rough. The dam­age to the coast­line has been im­mense, with the po­ten­tial for dis­as­trous con­se­quences if not ad­dressed.’

The Min­is­ter has called for two sur­veys to be car­ried out be­fore he de­cides what level of fund­ing, if avail­able, is re­quired.

‘Based on the sur­veys he will de­cide whether to pro­vide fi­nance for a short-term so­lu­tion or whether larger fund­ing for a long-term so­lu­tion is more fi­nan­cially vi­able. He wants the sur­veys car­ried out as soon as pos­si­ble. I am hope­ful that Min­is­ter Mo­ran will now be able to seek the sup­port that he needs from his col­leagues in Govern­ment.’

Min­is­ter of State Kevin ‘Boxer’ Mo­ran with Deputies Pat Casey, Stephen Don­nelly, Min­is­ter Andrew Doyle and Deputy John Brady.

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