Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East Anne Rabbitte has hit out at An Bord Pleanála for continuing to delay on a decision for a minor flood relief scheme in south Galway. An application for the project was lodged last year and a decision has been deferred numerous times.
Deputy Rabbitte explained, “More than four months have passed since An Bord Pleanála was first due to rule on the flood relief works for south Galway. Since then the area has been devastated by some of the worst storms in recent history and the fallout is still being felt in homes across the county. The situation may have fallen off the agenda of the Government and the national media but the after effects are impacting on dozens of families in south Galway.
“We are facing storm after storm, well after the traditional winter months, and despite this, An Bord Pleanála are continuing to delay on a decision on much needed flood relief scheme. While the whole problem cannot be solved in one go, it is imperative that the first steps are taken to begin the process of alleviating the pressure on the Dunkellin river and Kinvara area.
“Government TDs have assured us time and time again that €6m has been ringfenced for flood works – that money needs to be spent. The OPW is scheduled to carry out the works, removing the need for a long tendering process, An Bord Pleanála and the Galway County manager need to move the project along.
“These continuous delays are putting lives and livelihoods at risk and it is high time that some shape was put on the situation. There is no relief for homeowners in south Galway, who are still trying to recover from the last flood and are living in fear of the next storm. The delays to these works are completely unacceptable and moves must be made to get this project off the ground as soon as possible”.