River Suir drainage works welcomed by Deputy Coonan

Deputy Noel Coonan with local farmers Jim Geehan and Frank Mockler at the River Suir where drainage works are taking place
Drainage works underway on the River Suir from Loughmore to Thurles have been welcomed by Deputy Noel Coonan.

Drainage works underway on the River Suir from Loughmore to Thurles have been welcomed by Deputy Noel Coonan.

The Tipperary Fine Gael TD sadi that they were a direct result of a meeting he arranged in April between local farmers and Minister of State Simon Harris, who has responsibility for the Office of Public Works.

“In April, Junior Minister Harris and I met farmers affected by flooding on the River Suir.

“I arranged for several landowners to brief the Minister and Tony Smyth, OPW director of engineering, and discuss their concerns. We lobbied for the commencement of drainage works on the river and I am very pleased the Minister enacted his commitment and necessary works are now underway,” he said.

Deputy Coonan described the project as of “significant importance” to many farmers with lands along this stretch of the River Suir who were affected by continuous floodin.

“It was essential that lands such as these were brought into production to meet our food targets into the future. Fine Gael in Government has drawn up strategic plans for the development of the agricultural sector over the coming decade and I want to help Tipperary farmers reach their goals. Food Wise 2025 is our 10-year strategic roadmap for the Irish agri-food sector targeting an increase in exports to €19bn and 23,000 additional jobs by 2025,” said Deputy Coonan.