Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme to go to Tender

Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme to go to Tender


A flooded St Flannan’s College in 2015 – Photo: © Pat Flynn

A project to deal with flooding that has badly affected parts of Ennis previously has gone to tender.

Minister For Employment and Small Business Pat Breen has said he is satisfied that progress is now being made on the Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme.

It’s understood that tender documents will be going out to contractors for pricing this week.

“The tender period will be eight weeks, and pending no further complications, work is to commence on the ground in July.

This third phase of the Ennis Flood Relief Scheme had been delayed due to technical difficulties, but I am pleased that the project is finally moving on,” Minister Breen said.

“I understand the frustration of residence effected by flooding in this area of Ennis as they await the project to begin, a frustration that must be multiplied in recent days during the inclement weather, and I sincerely hope this is the beginning of the end of flooding issues for these people,” he added.

Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015
The OPW has already allocated €4.71 million in funding to the Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme.
“Works proposed under the Scheme include a Flood Overflow Culvert from St. Flannan’s Stream to the Clare Abbey flood plain, a Flood Overflow Culvert from Ballybeg Stream to the Clare Abbey flood plain, and the upgrade of the existing flood defence embankment between the Quin Road and the Clarecastle tidal barrage, including rehabilitation and construction of sluices. The major part of the Flood Relief Project for Ennis town will be completed at the end of this stage,” said Minister Breen.
The Ennis South Scheme is being progressed by Clare County Council with funding from the Office of Public Works (OPW).  Day to day management of the project is the responsibility of the local authority.
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.