Thursday 13 December 2018

Council to receive €191,000 for coastal protection works

Louth County Council is to receive funding of up to €191,000 for repair and reinstatement works to coastal protect and flood defences following the storms earlier this year.

The council will now prepare and submit a programme of works for the repair of coastal protection and flood defence infrastructure to the Department of the Environment and Local Government, a spokesperson has confirmed. Councillors will be updated on the progress at their monthly meetings.

'Many coastal counties were effected by the storms over the Christmas period with extensive damage caused to infrastructure, homes and businesses,' said Senator Mary Moran. 'Co. Louth experienced it's own share of damage with Louth County Council estimating repairs totalling €225,000 in mid-January.

'I know that many Dundalk businesses based at the Quays and on the Promenade in Blackrock were forced to close due to flood waters and necessary clean-up during the first week of January. Speaking with business owners, I am aware that these damaging storms coupled with the post-Christmas lull has had a detrimental effect overall on their business.

'The local infrastructure also suffered with works required on the coast road from Ballagan to Whitestown due to erosion along many sections; to footpaths and seawalls in the Blackrock area; sea defences and road works required at Ballagan; and other necessary repairs throughout the area.

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