Public urged to sign petition for progress on delayed flood relief scheme

Public urged to sign petition for progress on delayed flood relief scheme

Councillor Ger Keohane (IND) is urging people to sign his Glashaboy petition tomorrow. 

Independent councillor Ger Keohane is continuing to push for an imminent start on the €8.5 million Glashaboy Flood Relief Scheme and is calling for local support.

Cllr Keohane will be outside Ryan’s SuperValu, Glanmire, tomorrow from 9.30am, encouraging people to sign a petition to progress the flood scheme. The scheme was due to start this year but has been repeatedly delayed.

The latest hold-up occurred as a result of an EU law change, which delayed Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe from signing off on the progression of work.

This month, City Hall director of operations Valerie O’Sullivan told The Echo: “[The Department] is currently undertaking the process of an environmental assessment of the proposed scheme, in line with legislative requirements which was only recently transposed into law. The delay in transposition into law has been the reason for the delay in the confirmation process progressing. This assessment must be completed before the minister can grant consent.

“The appointment of a contractor for this scheme will be progressed following formal ministerial confirmation,” Ms O’Sullivan added.

Mr Keohane has criticised responses he received from the council on the issue.

“The response issued to me from the department this week showed a complete lack of interest in furthering the work on the flood relief scheme,” he said. “The way things are looking it could be another couple of years before anything is done. I fear this saga will go on and on.

“I need as many people as possible to sign my petition and I will personally bring it to Dáil Éireann and land it on the minister’s desk.”

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