A PETITION seeking repairs and improvements to Fermoy Weir will be considered by a Dáil committee tomorrow.
The town’s 200-year-old weir on the River Blackwater has been the subject of protests in the last year after locals warned of significant risks to migratory fish on the river because of damage to the weir in the town centre.
The weir is breached in at least three places, meaning fish passes have been affected, leading to negative effects on salmon spawning and migration. Cork County Council has estimated the repairs and upgrading of the weir could cost more than €3m.
A large section collapsed in late January despite several warnings from local politicians and campaign groups that this was inevitable.
Problems with the weir date back more than a decade.
Petitions Committee Chairman Seán Sherlock TD said: “The Committee’s role is to give members of the public the opportunity to place issues of concern directly before the Oireachtas and to influence changes in public policy where appropriate.
“We will give this petition our full consideration before announcing, in public session, a decision.”