Council puts out tender to repair damaged Fermoy Weir

Council puts out tender to repair damaged Fermoy Weir
The fish ladder at the weir on the River Blackwater in Fermoy. Picture: Denis Minihane.

A CONTRACT for the remediation of Fermoy Weir has been put out to tender, a week after a large section of the weir collapsed during heavy rainfall.

The weir on the Blackwater River is a protected structure and has a historical and landmark status in Fermoy.

Locals have been campaigning for years to have remedial works carried out to preserve it, and there was widespread anger when a section was swept away in recent days.

A status report was carried out last May on its current condition, but works have yet to begin. According to the report, the original weir was constructed using unusual methods — it is a stone-fill embankment with large natural stone bedded in mortar and capped with a thin concrete capping.

Over the years, the weir has been hit by localised damage as well as the disintegration of the capping due to the powerful flow of this river.

The Council has now issued tenders to find contractors who can develop and design a cost-effective and sustainable project to safeguard its future.

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