Paudie Twomey, Eamonn and Marie Roche, and Cllr Liam Galvin
ALMOST four weeks since their backyard terrace was ripped off by the river Feale, Abbeyfeale residents Eamon and Marie Roche are still waiting for emergency protection measures to be put in place.
However, the couple are now hoping that a meeting with council officials due to take place this Friday will spell out what the next step is going to be.
Meantime, their single biggest concern has been addressed. Engineers hired by Limerick City and County Council carried out an inspection of the couple’s home earlier this week and specifically examined the foundations.
“They told us the foundations were fine,” Ms Roche told the Lim Leader this Wednesday, adding this was a huge relief for them.
To carry out the inspection, an access had to be made through neighbouring properties, and the decking at the rear of the house removed. Machinery was then used to get access to the foundations.
However, the Roches are still unclear as to what will happen next. Their hope is that the council will put temporary protection in place, to safeguard their property. It is their understanding that a longer-term solution for the entire river bank is a much more elaborate and expensive undertaking.
But Cllr Liam Galvin FG who first raised the issue is adamant that the problems with the river bank must be addressed and somebody has to take responsibility. He has also raised the problems facing the Roches’ neighbour, Padraig Twomey, whose back garden has been undercut by the river.
Last week, director of services with the council, Kieran Lehane told the Limerick Leader: “We have agreed to do immediate measures to prevent any further erosion while a full and complete assessment is made.”
He said they were appointing consultants but it would be a major piece of work and he was awaiting a full report.