Deputy Noel Coonan has welcomed the news that construction will commence on the remaining phases of Templemore’s Flood Relief Scheme in 2012.
Last Friday, the Office of Public Works announced details of a programme of major capital works for next year and Minister of State Brian Hayes has prioritised the Templemore project following strong lobbying by Deputy Coonan.
“Templemore’s Flood Relief Scheme is one of four projects nationwide that has been given the green light to commence construction on the remaining phases of the project,” said Noel.
“The Minister has prioritised this important project despite our tough fiscal situation. The news will come as a great relief to many residents who have experienced extensive flooding in Blackcastle Road and The Mall area over the past years. I’m delighted the Minister has honoured his commitment to both I and Templemore Town Council to provide funding in next year’s scheme.”
Minister Hayes announced the allocation by the Government of €45 million per annum for flood risk management and mitigation in the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Medium Term Exchequer Framework for the period 2012-2016.
Noel said the total allocation of €225 million for capital flood relief measures over the five-year period of the framework is greater than the total spent on such measures in the past 10 years. €62 million funding has been given for flood risk management in 2012.