Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran aiming to fast-track Limerick flood defence plans

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

OPW Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran chats to Senator Kieran O’Donnell, watched by Seanie Quinlivan, Maurice Quinlivan and Jan O’Sullivan Pictures: Dave Gaynor

OPW Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran chats to Senator Kieran O’Donnell, watched by Seanie Quinlivan, Maurice Quinlivan and Jan O’Sullivan Pictures: Dave Gaynor

THE Minister in charge of the delivery of flood defences to Limerick’s riverside communities has pledged these will be fast-tracked through the planning process.

Independent Alliance TD Kevin 'Boxer' Moran was in the city on Friday at the invite of Senator Kieran O’Donnell, where he met people in Annacotty, Castleconnell, Corbally and the docklands area.

He also took a tour of the St Mary’s Park area, which was hit with devastating flooding in early 2014.

He reaffirmed the government’s commitment to delivering €55m for flood defences, and said a Cfram report outlining what needs doing will be made available by the end of the month.

“We have identified a number of schemes in and around the Limerick area, and particularly where we are in the King’s Island.. Government is fully committed to delivering this for the people of Limerick. They have listened to a great amount of talk for the last number of years. But we have €440m for five major schemes around the country, and Limerick is one of them,” Mr Moran said.

The minister said as a way of getting the flood defence projects through planning quickly, some could be designated as strategic infrastructural development, which would mean they bypass local planning offices. And he pledged that even if the government were to fall, the funding is safe.