Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran welcomes the appointment of the Civil Works Contractor to carry out the construction of the River Fealge (Clonakilty) Flood Relief Scheme

23 February 18

Mr. Kevin 'Boxer' Moran, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, was in Clonakilty today to announce that the Office of Public Works has appointed Ward and Burke Construction Ltd as the civil works contractor to carry out the construction of the Clonakilty Flood Relief Scheme.

Minister Moran said, "The effects of flooding are devastating and can be long-lasting for communities and Clonakilty is no exception having suffered serious flooding in the past.  I have witnessed on many occasions the extent of the damage that can happen during a flood event and the impacts that it has on communities.  I am delighted that the appointment of Ward and Burke Construction Ltd will enable the construction of this major scheme of flood relief works on the River Fealge.  When completed, the Clonakilty Flood Relief Scheme will provide protection to 150 residential and 146 non-residential properties from the severe flooding experienced in the past.

The contractor will commence on site shortly and the Minister continued, “This is a much needed flood relief scheme and this contract today will bring the total investment in Clonakilty to €22.7 million providing flood protection to international best practice standards for the Town.  I have no doubt that the Scheme will relieve the worry and stress that people have had to endure for far too long and that it will bring enhanced confidence to the Town, assisting in leveraging further investment opportunities and bringing economic and social benefits to the community in Clonakilty and its environs.

Minister Moran concluded, “Flood risk management is a major priority for this Government.  This investment in Clonakilty forms part of the Government’s National Development Plan 2018-2027 which will involve €1 billion in initiatives to protect threatened localities from river and coastal flood risk over the next ten years.  I am delighted that the Clonakilty Flood Relief Scheme is now proceeding to construction and will add to the record number of thirty four flood relief schemes that are currently underway throughout the country protecting individuals, families, communities and businesses against the most serious risk and impact of flooding.


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Notes to Editors

The town of Clonakilty, Co Cork, lies on the River Fealge. Clonakilty has a long record of flooding from storm surges, heavy rainfall and extreme river flows over the past 60 years.  In June 2012, extreme rainfall and river flows inundated the centre of Clonakilty causing significant damage to properties and businesses.

The Clonakilty Flood Relief Scheme has evolved through an initial screening process of a range of potential measures typically considered for flood alleviation schemes, the development of potential options and finally the development of a preferred scheme design.

The Scheme comprises fluvial storage upstream of the town and tidal defences. The main elements of the Scheme can be summarised as the construction of a storage area with embankment, construction of new tidal defence walls, construction of earthen tidal flood embankments, works to bridges, raising of roads and the construction of surface storm water pumping stations.

The Scheme will take approximately 2 years to complete involving a total investment of €22.7 million.  The civil works contract with Ward and Burke Construction Ltd amounts to €9.46 million (excluding VAT).