The Minister of State with responsibility for Flood Relief is hopeful that construction work on the Cork Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme will commence in 2018.
Minister Kevin “Boxer” was speaking at the Irish National Flood Forum conference in the Shamrock Hotel in Athlone.
He said: “The Government recognises that community involvement is central to addressing flood risk. The exceptional response of local communities to the Winter floods of 2015/2016 and to more recent flooding events provide clear evidence of the value and importance of community involvement.
"This week again identified the hardship that occurs in communities and highlights the important role that the Irish National Flood Forum has in assisting communities affected by flooding.” He referred to the Cork Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme, welcoming the progress being made on the €140 million Scheme, the largest ever undertaken in Ireland. It aims to provide protection to over 2,100 properties and it is expected that the first phase will be submitted for planning by Cork City Council shortly, as part of an integrated Public Realm project for the Morrison’s Island area of the city.
This is despite significant local objections, particularly from the Save Cork City group. The group object to plans to heighten the quay walls in the city and are instead promoting a tidal barrier as a solution.
The Minister also indicated that a contract for the Clonakilty Flood Relief Scheme is expected to be placed shortly which will provide protection to some 300 properties.