New Year start date for Ennis flood relief works

New Year start date for Ennis flood relief works

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Ennis Town Centre during serious flooding in Nov 2009
Ennis Town Centre during serious flooding in Nov 2009

The people of Ennis and Clarecastle can look forward to works commencing on the St. Flannan’s and Ballybeg flood relief scheme in the New Year, the tender process for which is currently underway.

The news was confirmed today by Fine Gael TD for Clare, Joe Carey, who said: “Plans are afoot for the provision of the Lower Ennis Flood Relief Scheme and I am pleased to say that works should commence in February of March of next year. This was confirmed to me in the Dáil by Junior Minister Mr. Simon Harris TD, who has special responsibility for the Office of Public Works.”

“The people of Ennis & Clarecastle will no doubt be relieved to hear this news considering the damage and disruption caused in the past by severe flooding. In November 2009 the stream at St. Flannan’s swelled to such an extent that flood waters flowed out over the boundary wall of St. Flannan’s College cutting off the main access road to Ennis and in the process caused extensive damage to the school, homes and business properties.

“The threat of flooding in the St. Flannan’s and Ballybeg areas has not passed, despite completion of the major flood relief works. It is high time that these parts of Ennis and Clarecastle were provided with protected from future flood events,” he said.

Deputy Carey added that Minister Harris also confirmed to him in the Dáil today that Clare County Council is currently completing a tender competition for the works.

“I am delighted that the Minister also confirmed the good news that the successful bidding company will be selected in a matter of weeks, with works to commence in late February or early March next year,” concluded Deputy Carey.

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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