Minister of State, Sean Canney, T.D., visits the Dunkellin River & Aggard Stream Flood Relief Scheme – Monday, 26th September 2016
26 September 16
The Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Sean Canney, T.D., today visited Craughwell, Co Galway where works have begun on the Dunkellin River & Aggard Stream Flood Relief Stream. The Minister was accompanied by elected representatives and officials from the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Galway County Council (GCC) along with representatives from the Scheme’s design consultants. Construction works on the Scheme which is being managed and led by GCC, commenced in June of this year and will be carried out over a three year period with substantial completion expected to be achieved by the end of 2018.
Works on the bypass channel at Craughwell have been commenced in last few weeks by the OPW direct labour force and should be completed in the first half of 2017, with works to the bridges at Rinn, Dunkellin and Killeely Beg to be commenced in the Spring of 2017 by external contractor to be appointed by the Council. In the coming weeks, GCC will appoint a contractor to carry out vegetation clearing and tree management along the River channel.
The Minister today stated that he was delighted that works on the Scheme, which has a Project Budget of just under €6 million, had been commenced and looked forward to the full completion of the Scheme which will bring huge benefits to approximately 15 properties when all measures are in place. The Scheme is also further proof of his and the Government’s commitment to implementing a range of flood relief measures throughout the country with an increase in the Flood Relief Budget to €430 million over the period 2016-2021 under the Capital Investment Programme.
The Minister also stated that the Dunkellin Scheme is one of four major schemes to be commenced already in 2016* and which is the second one in County Galway with the scheme in Claregalway having commenced in the last few months. The Minister also stated that he had recently written to all Local Authorities to highlight the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme under which Local Authorities can apply for funding to the OPW for works and studies which can be implemented with a value of up to €0.5million. So far, over €30 million has been provided to Local Authorities for over 500 projects which is providing flood protection to over 5,000 properties.
* Dunkellin, Bandon, Claregalway and Skibbereen.