12 December 2016
By Bryan T. Smyth
Cork South Central TD, Micheál Martin has said that the proposed flood relief works that will go on public display over the next few days will come as a major relief to thousands of Cork householders and business owners who, since 2009, have been fearful of another major flooding incident.
“This is a major piece of infrastructure valued at €140 million. It will have a transformative effect on Cork City, and provide security and peace of mind to local people.”
“Once completed, these flood defences will allow businesses and homeowners to invest their properties without that fear in the back of their mind about future flooding.”
“The people of Cork will have six weeks to view the proposed designs starting in the New Year. I would encourage as many people as possible to engage with the process, and ensure that their voices are heard.”
“Fianna Fáil has been very proactive over the past number of months in addressing some of the issues affecting flood affected communities. We published two pieces of legislation: the Flood Insurance Bill 2016 to stop home and business owners being left without insurance, and legislation to better regulate water levels in the River Shannon.”
“Fundamentally, the issue of flooding in Cork City will only be addressed by significant investment in flood prevention measures, such as those contained in this new proposal.”
“The plan is available to view at a number of locations across the city including the Civic Offices on Anglesea Road, County Hall on Carrigrohane Road, and in the libraries in Ballincolilg and Grand Parade. It is also available online on a specially created website: http://www.lowerleefrs.ie. I would urge everyone to get involved in the decision making process,” concluded Martin.