OFFALY Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy, has attended a series of meetings with Minister for State at the Department of Public Expenditure & Reform, Brian Hayes and the IFA’s Michael Silke to highlight the severe flooding problems experienced by people living along the Shannon river basin in West Offaly.
The Minister and IFA representatives accompanied Deputy Corcoran-Kennedy on a fact-finding mission on the Shannon river in May to assess the impact of the flooding. They also went out on the Shannon to see what action could be taken to alleviate the flooding on farmlands in the area.
As a result of that initial meeting, Deputy Corcoran-Kennedy attended the first joint meeting with representatives from the OPW and the National Parks and Wildlife Service on the flooding issue.
Specific issues raised by Deputy Corcoran Kennedy included some pruning of the alluvial woodland at Maddens Island and other locations along the Shannon, and she also stressed the importance of clearing the vegetation. She also expressed the hope that there would be approval for works on an area known as “The Cut.”
A further meeting has been arranged for the end of June with Minister Deenihan, Minister Hayes, and the representatives from the OPW and the Parks and Wildlife Service to assess progress and formulate an action plan.