Grealish criticises OPW for lack of progress on flood works

People in the Lisheenavalla, Caherlea, Claregalway, Montaigh, and Carnmore areas have waited too long for flood alleviation measures and works must start now.

This is the view of Independent Galway West TD Noel Grealish, who is calling on the OPW to hold a public meeting to inform people of when flood alleviation works will begin.

Co Galway is approaching the first anniversary of last year’s dramatic flooding, and according to Dep Grealish, on at least five separate occasions, people in affected areas were told the work would commence. Instead no flood alleviation measures have taken place.

“I have been contacted by people from Lisheenavalla, Caherlea, Claregalway, Montaigh, and Carnmore whose homes flooded last November and are very concerned about the same thing happening again,” he said.

Dep Grealish said that some people have not returned to their homes, while others are without flood insurance.

“They are very worried, especially since no remedial work has taken place in the area,” he said. “It is time for the OPW to address these people’s fears by coming to a public meeting and outlining exactly when machines will be on-site to begin work.”

Dep Grealish has contacted the Minister of State with responsibility for the OPW, Martin Mansergh, to ask that a meeting be scheduled in the next couple of weeks and a definite date for flood alleviation works confirmed.

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