Fine Gael TD for Longford-Westmeath, James Bannon has repeated his call for a River Shannon authority to be established in the wake of recent flooding along the waterway.
“A Shannon authority would have overall controll with regard to river management and development in the Shannon catchment area, from the source of the river to the Shannon Estuary at Limerick,” Deputy Bannon stated.
“Such an authority would have control of putting in place a flood alert system as part of a national system to increase awareness of potential river flooding.
The Dáil representative continued by explaining, “Such an authority would have control of putting in place a flood alert system as part of a national system to increase awareness of potential river flooding.”
Deputy Bannon went on to say that, “Management of severe weather conditions like we had in November 2009-January 2010, in the last month and again today, require a combined effort between the individual bodies, businesses, farmers, charitable organisations, etc., which must lead by example with positive, effective action.
“The state has a responsibility to prevent the hardships and devastation caused to families and individuals like in west Longford and south Westmeath.”