Kevin 'Boxer’ Moran to visit Limerick over flood defences

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

The Minister for the Office of Public Works, Kevin 'Boxer’ Moran will visit Limerick this Friday

The Minister for the Office of Public Works, Kevin 'Boxer’ Moran will visit Limerick this Friday

THE Minister for the Office of Public Works (OPW) Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran is to visit flood-hit parts of Limerick this Friday.

Mr Moran has taken up an invite from Fine Gael general election candidate Kieran O’Donnell to visit the city, and see what needs to be done in terms of flood defences, and other things to provide relief when the Shannon bursts its banks.​

“I look forward to welcoming Minister ‘Boxer’ Moran and showing him around the at-risk flood locations here in Limerick city and its environs,” Mr O’Donnell, currently a Senator, said, “The reason I invited Minister ‘Boxer’ Moran to Limerick is so he can see first-hand the extent of repeated flood exposure here.”

On his visit, the Longford-Westmeath TD will meet people who are repeatedly affected by flooding, with Mr O’Donnell hoping he will see a need to get flood defence schemes under way.

“From his own experience in his home town of Athlone, Minister Moran is very familiar with the devastating impact flooding has on people’s lives,” he said.

Mr O’Donnell intends taking the minister around Castleconnell, Montpelier, Annacotty and Mountshannon Road, as well as Corbally, St Mary’s Park and Athlunkard Street.

Meanwhile, earlier this week, Mr Moran confirmed Water​ways Ireland and the OPW are progressing a project to remove 18 pinchpoints between Meelick and Athlone to improve conveyance capacity on the river.

He said: “This is a major step forward for farming, for tourism and for habitats, particularly in relation to the nesting birds and the curlew.”

The minister added: “In Limerick, the recently completed €2.8 million Foynes Tidal Flood Relief Scheme is protecting 188 properties, and progress is being made on the first phase of the Limerick City Flood Relief Scheme at King’s Island.  Advance works have already been completed at Verdant Place, at a cost of over €2 million and when the overall work at King’s Island is complete, protection will be given to 470 properties.”