Government funding of €6million will be invested to remove 18 pinch points on the River Shannon, it was revealed late last week.
Works will commence in spring, 2018 and once completed should drop the level of the river by between one and 1.5 feet, reducing the threat of flooding.
Speaking at the Irish National Flood Forum Conference in Athlone recently, Minister Moran said that the plan represents “a major step forward for farming, for tourism and for habitats, particularly in relation to the nesting birds and the curlew”.
Minister Moran also provided an update on some of the significant work being carried out across the whole Government sector to address flooding problems and, in particular, the considerable progress being made in advancing flood relief works across the country.
In Athlone, Minister Moran recently turned the sod on the first stage of the €6 million Athlone Flood Alleviation Scheme, which will bring much protect some 250 homes in at-risk areas. The works began in the flood-prone Iona Park, and will continue into 2018 in other areas.
“We are seeing major progress being achieved, and I will continue with my endeavours to support communities in addressing the problem of flooding nationally,” the minister added.
The news that work to remove blockages on the Shannon will begin early next year has also been welcomed by Minister Denis Naughten.
“This investment, which is being spearheaded by Minister Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, is the most significant work to take place on the River Shannon since the foundation of the State. I have been delighted through the agencies of my Department to assist with this work,” Minister Naughten said.
Blockage removal works will begin in spring 2018, as soon as water levels allow.