€2.3 million Foynes flood defence work to begin in September

Colm Ward

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Colm Ward

€2.3 million Foynes flood defence work to begin in September

Conn Murray with Charles Wills, MD Wills Bros Ltd, signing contracts for the Foynes Flood Alleviation Scheme. Also pictured is Robert Gallagher, Senior Executive Engineer

A €2.3m project to boost the flood defences in Foynes is set to get underway in September, with the work due to be completed in early 2017.

Contracts to construct a permanent tidal defence barrier were signed this week by the Minister for State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and flood relief, Sean Canney, and the contractors Wills Bros from Co Mayo.

The new tidal defences are in response to severe flooding in early 2014 which caused major upheaval for residents and business owners in the town.

Mr Canney pointed out that Limerick had been “particularly hard hit by flooding in recent years”.

“My office, the Office of Public Works in partnership with Limerick City and County Council, has been working hard to progress solutions to these flooding problems. I would like to acknowledge also the great efforts of local public representatives and community groups in helping to advance these schemes,” he said.

”“I am very pleased that a contractor is now being appointed to construct the Foynes Flood Relief Scheme. This will provide the town with badly needed protection from risk of flooding into the future,” he added.

Robert Gallagher, senior executive engineer with the council said: “The consultants carried out an assessment of existing embankments, detailed design of a flood barrier defence system and progression of the scheme though the Part VIII process to completion of works on the ground.  The public was also consulted on the project.”

“With contracts now signed for the €2.3 million euro project, work is due to begin in September and should be completed within 5 to 6 months,” he added.

The proposed tidal barrier will flank Irish Rail lands for much of its length on lands made available by Shannon Foynes Port Company.