Funding approved for five Clare Flood Relief Schemes
Minister for State for the Office of Public Works & Flood Relief, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, T.D. has approved funding totalling €5.54 million for five Clare Flood Relief Schemes to proceed to detailed design and construction under the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme.
The Minister this week confirmed a first tranche of €257 million in funding for 50 new flood Relief Schemes nationwide, including Springfield, Kilkee, Kilrush, Bunratty and Killaloe. In addition, a Scheme at Shannon is included in the list of 118 schemes to be implemented under the ten year €1 billion investment programme. Work on the Feasibility Study for this project is ongoing at present.
Mayor of Clare, Councillor Tom McNamara, has welcomed the announcement adding, “The fact that design and construction can now commence on five different flood relief projects is very positive news for the communities concerned. Once completed, these projects will help to alleviate the fears of local people in the relevant areas who have expressed concern over what effect future flood events might have on their communities and tourism infrastructure.”
Pat Dowling, Chief Executive of Clare County Council, commented, “Clare County Council is cogently aware of the importance of facilitating the delivery of long term solutions to longstanding flood risks in various parts of the county. This funding scheme enables very significant flood relief works to be progressed, initially to detailed design stage and then to the construction phase of the relevant schemes.”
Ms. Carmel Kirby, Director of Physical Development, Clare County Council, explained that other schemes included in the CFRAM Programme will require some further assessment.
She continued, “Other local flood works will continue to be identified by Clare County Council and resolved under the Minor Works Scheme. Funding will continue to be provided under this scheme for works outside the CFRAMS areas. This funding is being provided by the Office of Public Works (OPW) which has already announced an allocation of €8.6m for the construction of the Ennis (South) Scheme.”
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