Noel Coonan TD has welcomed confirmation from his Fine Gael colleague Minister of State Brian Hayes that obstacles in relation to Templemore Flood Relief Scheme have now been cleared and the scheme is in a position to commence this summer.
“Minister Hayes confirmed to me that his Department and the Office of Public Works are pushing forward with the project after my continuous representations on the matter.
“I have met personally many times with Minister Hayes and the OPW on this important issue. Flooding is an ongoing problem in the Blackcastle area in Templemore and this is great news for the town,” said Deputy Coonan.
“Amended proposals are being finalised with a view to putting them on public exhibition in March. If the proposals are generally accepted by the public and stakeholders, OPW will be in a position to commence the scheme in summer.
“I met with Minister Hayes in November and highlighted concerns of the Town Council and local businesses and residents as to when the project would proceed.
“The OPW decided in the latter part of 2013 that it would be necessary to amend substantially the original proposals for this scheme, particularly in relation to a proposed by-pass culvert.
“These obstacles have been thankfully overcome and the project will commence shortly,” concluded Deputy Coonan.