Independent North Tipperary Deputy Michael Lowry has cautiously welcomed the announcement that work is to commence on the Templemore Flood Relief Scheme this summer.
However he expressed concern that numerous announcements have been made previously by the Government in regards to this scheme and residents in the Templemore area have continually been disappointed.
“My concern would be that this is not the first time that these works have been announced by the Government. An almost identical announcement was previously made by Minister Brian Hayes in 2012 yet the works did not come to fruition. People are understandably cautious and have lost confidence given the numerous announcements that have been made in regards to this project.
“Further to a number of queries from traders and residents, I recently submitted a Parliamentary Question to the Minister on this matter and the information that I was given in return was that the amended proposals, which are technically superior and more economically advantageous, are currently being finalised with a view to putting them on public exhibition at the end of March. I would query whether it is realistic to state that the works will commence this summer.
“These works are desperately needed and the issue should not be used as an election ploy. I would urge the Government to ensure that work commences in Templemore as swiftly as possible,” he said.