Fianna Fáil TD for Limerick Niall Collins has welcomed the opening of the public consultation process for the Athea flood relief scheme but warned that any further delays to the project will not be tolerated.

Deputy Collins explained, “I’m pleased that the public consultation phase in this project has begun, and I know locals are eager to have their say on the plans over the coming weeks. Many people living in Athea are concerned about the slow progress of this project; there have been a number of serious flooding incidents dating as far back as 2005 and now we finally at the point where a flood relief scheme has been developed.

“This is a welcome move, but we need to ensure that the scheme is progressed effectively. Locals are already frustrated at how long it has taken to get to this point. These floods have impacted many homes and families in the area and there has been a lot of anger at how long it has taken to get any effective response.

“There are issues with securing basic home insurance cover and home improvement loans because of the recent flooding incidents. The relief scheme is much needed and would provide a much needed buffer for these homes.

“I will continue to liaise with the Limerick City and County Council and the OPW to push this project forward and ensure that it is completed as soon as possible”.