Sunday 21 September 2014

Tullig's flooding woes reach Dáil

Published 22/01/2014 | 05:36

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Cllr. Bobby O’Connell points to the area of the Glounsharoon River which breaches the retaining wall on its diverted journey towards Tullig.

IT wasn't today or yesterday that the occasional flooding of Tullig has been brought to the attention of Kerry County Council. Now it has got an airing in Dail Eireann itself.

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Cllr. Bobby O'Connell has raised the issue at Kerry County Council level and spoke to South Kerry Fine Gael TD Brendan Griffin about the issue.

Deputy Griffin took the ball over the line and landed it at the feet of Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform Brian Hayes on Thursday.

The source of the flooding in question is traceable but complicated. It involves a river that flows down through the valley from Glounsharoon.

When in flood it sends a stream underground at Cragg and it surfaces and few miles later and floods the Tullig area.

In the Dail, Deputy Griffin asked Minister Hayes to prioritise works to remedy the cause of the flooding at Tullig.

In reply, Minister Hayes essentially said the solution lies in the hands of Kerry County Council.

"The maintenance of the channel in question is not the responsibility of the Office of Public Works. It is open to the local authority to make an application for funding to the OPW under the minor works programme to undertake the works and any application received will be assessed under the scheme's eligibility criteria, which includes a requirement that any measures are cost beneficial, and have regard to the overall availability of funding," said Minister Hayes.

Following that response, Deputy Griffin made contact with the OPW regional office in Limerick and was told that "the OPW are currently dealing with a large number of emergency cases but hope to remove a tree that is causing significant blockage at Tullig next week".

"My understanding is that the Tullig area is part of a Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management study being carried out by the OPW and it is hoped that more comprehensive works will be carried out there following the completion of the study," Deputy Griffin said.

Deputy Griffin also asked Minister Hayes about repairs to damage caused to the Maine banks at Ardcanaught, Lachtacallow and Caherfealane in Keel and was told that the OPW "has already mobilised to carry out the works".


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