Long overdue flood relief scheme nearing reality

Long overdue flood relief scheme nearing reality


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

The Office of Public Works (OPW) has completed its review of the projects tender evaluation for the Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme.

The OPW had asked for a Report on the Tender Evaluation process for this third phase of the Ennis Flood Relief Scheme from Clare County Council.

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.

Fire crews deal with flooding at Tobartaoscáin – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

“There were certain matters that required close consideration as part of the review of the report, including project costs, but the OPW worked closely with the local authority and its consultants in order to fully clarify these matters,” said Minister Pat Breen.

“The OPW has informed me that it has now completed its review and expects to be in contact with Clare Country Council on the matter very shortly.  It is hoped that construction will commence shortly thereafter.”

“The sooner the work begins the sooner the frustration of residence effected by flooding in this area of Ennis can be alleviated. I sincerely hope this is the beginning of the end of the flooding issues in this part of Ennis,” Minister Breen added.

The new works should prevent flooding in Tobartaoscáin – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

The Ennis South Scheme will be carried out by Clare County Council with the funding from the Office of Public Works (OPW).

Flood Relief works have previously been carried out from Bank Place to Doora Bridge, Watery Road/Elm Park and the Fior Uisce Estate following serious flooding in 2009. Over €18 million has been invested in the upper and lower schemes.

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.