Committee set up to help flood-battered Limerick community

Nick Rabbitts

Reporter:

Nick Rabbitts

Finance Minister Michael Noonan and OPW Minister Simon Harris inspect the flood defences on the King's Island.
A COMMITTEE is to be put in place to advance works for flood defences in St Mary’s Park, it was announced today.

A COMMITTEE is to be put in place to advance works for flood defences in St Mary’s Park, it was announced today.

Nine months after the floods which battered the Island Bank, the Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works Simon Harris announced the setting up a committee.

But he gave no funding commitment. However he said there will be public consultation early next year.

The group will be led by City and County Council, and will comprise of senior staff from within the local authority.

The OPW will also be represented.

“The new committee will, as its first action, arrange for the development of a brief for the appointment of consultants with an expertise in flood management and flood protection measures,” council chief executive Conn Murray confirmed.

The first meeting is expected to provide detailed design proposals of the most necessary measures in the estate.

Tenders will go out shortly after.

See tomorrow’s Limerick Chronicle for more.