Meeting sought with Taoiseach over Shannon flooding

A meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been called over flooding along the Shannon.

A meeting with Taoiseach Enda Kenny has been called over flooding along the Shannon.

Offaly Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, who pledged her support, addressed a Public Meeting about flooding along the Shannon which was organised by the IFA and was held beside the Shannon Weir in Athlone.

The meeting was attended by public representatives and representatives of various groups affected by flooding along the Shannon.

The Deputy spoke about her knowledge of flooding along the Shannon having spent her childhood in Belmont and Ferbane.

Following the recent rainfall the Deputy raised the issue at last weeks meeting of the Joint Oireachtas Committee on the Environment. A decision was taken to examine the 2009 report on Flooding which was published by the Environment Committee and to examine what actions have been taken by the various stakeholders if any.

Deputy Corcoran Kennedy has acknowledged the concerns of the affected Landowners on how the water levels in the Shannon are being managed by various State Agencies including the ESB and Waterways Ireland.

Deputy Corcoran Kennedy said “I have requested a meeting with the Taoiseach, Tanaiste and various Ministers which would be attended by the IFA and representatives of the local Shannon river basin community. The aim of the meeting would be to prioritise the issue and to agree on a plan of action”.

The Deputy also expressed her commitment to represent the people affected by the flooding and to ensure that their views are heard by the highest levels of Government.