Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran T.D., Opens the Public Exhibition for the River Slaney (Enniscorthy) Drainage Scheme

17 May 19

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today launched the Public Exhibition for the River Slaney (Enniscorthy) Drainage Scheme, at Enniscorthy Library, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford.

The town of Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, located on the banks of the River Slaney, has a history of flooding with a series of flood events over the last numbers of years, most significantly in 1924, 1947, 1965, 2000 and most recently 2015.

The Minister said, “The residents of Enniscorthy have seen, first hand, the devastation and loss that flooding can cause to people and their property.  I am delighted to be here today to launch the proposed design for the Enniscorthy Scheme which will involve significant investment in the town at an estimated cost of €44 million (ex. Vat) and which will provide flood protection to 60 residential and 162 commercial properties”.

The proposed design for the Enniscorthy Scheme will be on public exhibition at Enniscorthy Library and Wexford County Council Offices from 17 May until 18 June The proposed design includes river channel widening, river deepening, bridge construction and removal, new traffic management systems and the construction of extensive glass panelled flood walls through the town.

The Minister went on to say, “This formal statutory consultation process which is commencing today is very important and all observations from the public and interested stakeholders will be considered and responded to.  Subject to confirmation of formal approval by the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, it is envisaged that construction will start in early-2020”.

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Notes to Editors

A copy of the scheme will be available for general inspection from 2pm on the 17 May 2019 to 5.30pm on 18 June 2019 inclusive, during normal opening hours in both:

Enniscorthy Library, Lymington Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford

and

Wexford County Council Offices, County Hall, Carricklawn, Wexford.

In addition, a representative of the Office of Public Works / Mott Mac Donald Consulting Engineers / Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers will be in attendance at Enniscorthy Library, Lymington Road, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford on the following dates and times to answer any questions that interested persons may have regarding the scheme proposals:

Date

Time

Monday 20 May

3pm to 8pm

Tuesday 28 May

10.30am to 7.30pm

Wednesday 5 June

10.30am to 7.30pm

Thursday 13 June

3pm to 8pm