Flood Relief Scheme progressing as fast as possible

Flood Relief Scheme progressing as fast as possible

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The flooded grounds of St Flannan’s College in Ennis in 2015 – File Photo: © Pat Flynn 2015

Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market & Data Protection Pat Breen has been assured that the re-tendering process for the Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme is progressing at the quickest possible rate, with the tender deadline set at September 21, just over one week away.

Minister Breen said: “Elements of the previous tender are currently underway as advance works, in a bid  to speed up the time for completion. This coupled with the re-tendering process taking place in the shortest time allowed, will ensure that the much needed Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme will be completed in the earliest possible timeframe.”

Minister Breen was disappointed to learn last July that the preferred contractor for the Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme had formally withdrawn the tender.

At the time he received assurances from his colleague Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief Kevin “Boxer” Moran that the €8.6m funding for the project was secured and work would go ahead early next year.

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

“I would like to pay tribute to the staff of Clare County Council for their quick reaction to the situation last July.  The local authority revised and updated the tender documents very quickly and re-advertised the competition in late July. The deadline for receipt of tenders is September 21.

“Having regard to the OJEU (Official Journal of the European Union) time limits, the complexity of the project and the builders holidays in August, this was the minimum timeframe they could possibly work to,” said Minister Breen.

“It is my understanding that there has been significant interest in the tendering for the works which is also very positive.  The new contract is expected to be awarded by the end of this year with the commencement of work on site in early Spring,” added the Clare minister of state.

“I will continue to  remain in close contact with Minister Moran, the OPW and Clare County Council in the coming weeks and months on this issue.”

Previous coverage:

Flood relief funding secure despite setback

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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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