OPW to provide funding for Clonlara flood relief

OPW to provide funding for Clonlara flood relief

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Members of the Hogan family who were evacuated from their home at Springfield in December 2105 – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The Office of Public Works has confirmed it will provide capital funding for flood protection measures for Springfield Clonlara and has also approved the preferred measures subject to a number of conditions.

Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market & Data Protection Pat Breen received confirmation of the plan.

“The OPW has confirmed that the proposed CFRAM measure for Springfield, Clonlara may now be progressed by Clare County Council. The funding of the project costs will not fall under the Minor Works heading, but the work will be funded instead as a capital project under the OPW capital works programme. This is very welcome news,” said Minister Breen.

The scene at Springfield Clonlara – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

“The favoured solution will now require more detailed project-level assessment and design before it can be confirmed as technically, economically and environmentally viable and suitable for progression through planning. In this regard, approval is being given in the first instance to bring the project forward with the undertaking of this necessary project-level assessment.

“Once the project is confirmed to be feasible, Clare County Council will revert to the OPW for approval to advance the works through planning and implementation, with funding from the OPW,” added the Clare minister of state.

“Clare County Council has been asked to write formally to the OPW setting out the estimate of costs in relation to the engagement of consultants to carry out the project level assessment and design.”

The proposed solution at Springfield includes an Impermeable Embankment measuring about 1 kilometre in length and 1.75 metres in height. A second smaller land bank would also be constructed nearby, measuring approximately 180 metres in length by 0.4 metres high. The proposal also includes the construction of a nearby pumping station.

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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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