Shannon town and airport flood risk to be assessed

Shannon town and airport flood risk to be assessed


Shannon town and airport flood risk to be assessed – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017
An agreement to jointly assess the embankments protecting Shannon town and the airport has been agreed according to Minister for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen.
In ongoing discussions and correspondence with the Minister for the OPW and Flood Relief Sean Canney, Minister Breen was informed that the OPW had met with the Shannon Group and Clare County Council and had agreed, in principle, to a co-ordinated and co-funded approach to assess the embankments that protect both town and airport.
“Minister Canney assured me that assessing the risks and identifying a feasible solution to the town’s flooding issues also involved assessing the risk to the area of the airport that is protected by the town’s embankments,” said Minister Breen.
“A flood risk assessment and management plan for Shannon is currently being finalised under the Shannon CFRAM (Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management) Programme and is taking account of the submissions made through the public consultation held last year.
Minister Canney addressing a recent meeting in Clare – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017
“The proposed option to alleviate flood risk for Shannon Town comprises the construction of new flood defence walls and embankments,  the diversion of flow to a natural storage area and new online and offline storage areas. It also involves the replacement of existing culverts and the maintenance of existing coastal defences,” added Minister Breen.
“This process is expected to be completed in the next few months, after which a prioritised list of feasible structural and non-structural measures will be drawn up to address the flood risk in this area. The measures will not only take into account the likely cost, but they will also have to be environmentally sustainable,” said the Clare minister of state.
“The plans will then be submitted to the Minister for Public Enterprise and Reform, and subsequently for adoption by Clare County Council.”

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.