Fianna Fáil TD for Mayo Dara Calleary says dredging and river cleaning must form part of the Government’s plan to deal with flooding in Crossmolina.  Fianna Fáil used its Private Members time in the Dáil this week to discuss the lack of progress made on flood prevention and insurance over the past year, despite a series of promises by the Government.

“None of us will forget last winter’s floods and the devastation that was caused to homes, businesses and farmers across Mayo.  Some families are only now getting back on their feet after almost a year of cleaning, repairing and reconstruction works”, explained Deputy Calleary.

“One of the measures that has been approved is the dredging of the river Shannon.  But what other rivers like the Deel?  The OPW has blocked the dredging of this river, even though severe damage was caused in Crossmolina and surrounding areas last December at the height of the winter storms.  It is accepted by everyone that the Deel needs to be dredged-however when proposals have been put forward they are blocked by OPW management.

“The bulk of relevant bodies including Inland Fisheries Ireland and the National Parks and Wildlife Service have voiced no objection to dredging the river but the OPW is continuing to stand in the way. 

“The Government has also failed to fully address the issue of flood insurance, and we now have cases where OPW approved flood defences have been completed and residents and businesses are still unable to get insurance.  This is a ludicrous situation and completely beyond their control.  We have brought forward legislation to deal with this issue and I hope that it will be supported at all stages so that flood victims can secure insurance and be protected into the future”.

“The Crossmolina Flooding Group is to be complimented for the huge work they have done in the past 12 months. Their commitment needs to be matched at national level”.