'Significant' funding secured for Offaly Flood Relief project

A 90 metre flood embankment is on the cards

Justin Kelly

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'Significant' funding secured for Offaly Flood Relief project

'Significant' funding secured for Offaly Flood Relief project

Funding has been secured for a significant flood relief project in Rahan, Co. Offaly.

The project will see the construction of a new 90 metre flood defence embankment, on the right bank of the Clodiagh River upstream of Rahan Bridge.

This project was announced in Athlone this morning by An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar TD.

The first tranche of €257m in funding will see 50 new flood relief schemes proceeding to detailed design and construction phase.

A new website, www.floodinfo.ie has been launched where people can view the community risk and measures in place, underway and now proposed to tackle flood risk. The development has been welcomed by Fine Gael TD, Marcella Corcoran Kennedy who said, "it is great to secure confirmation today of this project."

 “This is great news for people in Rahan. I’m delighted to see the Government have listened to the people here in Offaly. This investment in our community will benefit our communities for decades to come," she said.

“We all know that flooding can have an appalling impact on our families, through these state of the art flood defences we will be able to give people some piece of mind."

The announcement comes as part of a wider ten-year €1 billion Programme of Investment in Flood Relief Measures.

The first tranche of €257m in funding for 50 new flood relief schemes to proceed to detailed design and construction phase was announced in Athlone by An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar and Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran on Thursday, May 3.

"These schemes successfully provide protection to 9,500 properties and the economic benefit to the State in damage and losses avoided are estimated at €1.9 billion," Marcella said.

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