Fine Gael TD for Longford/Westmeath, James Bannon, has welcomed the engagement by officials of the Office of Public Works and their commitment to address the issues of flooding on the River Shannon.
Speaking after a meeting of the Oireachtas Environment Committee this week, Deputy Bannon said he made a number of recommendations on how to best manage the river and on a number of issues which affect both its management and residents who live near it.
“For many local residents who are afflicted by flooding, obtaining insurance is a real problem,” Deputy Bannon said. “Extreme weather conditions have seen the number who are exposed to flooding escalating in recent years and while the OPW said that it is not responsible for residents’ insurance requirements, it committed to issuing a letter of assurance regarding what works are being carried out to alleviate the problem.”
He continued by saying, “a commitment was also given to remove the man-made obstacles that have built up in the river over the years, and to remove the silt from the Shannon, its tributaries and the waters feeding into it. Commitments to prevent further build-up have also been given.”