Sunday 18 February 2018

€5.8m to repair storm damage

Wexford County Council has been allocated €5.8 million by the Department of the Environment for repairs to damage caused by the recent storms.

The money is for repair work to roads, piers, harbours, coastal areas and tourism amenities which were battered during the severe weather of late December and January.

The local authority must apply directly to the relevant Government Department for funding for each project.

A total of €5,866,000 can be claimed by Wexford County Council to repair 'necessary community infrastructure'.

The Department of the Environment is making a total of €70 million available to local authorities nationally under the special storm damage programme.

Wexford's funding was welcomed by Cllr. Joe Ryan, who said there is a huge amount of work to be done locally.

''We need road re-surfacing, the re-instatement of coastal protection, especially along Rosslare Strand.'

'Repairs are urgently needed to piers so that boat owners can return craft to the sea in Spring.'

'In addition to the damage caused by fallen trees, many roads have developed potholes. Flood defences also need to be upgraded to protect vulnerable low-lying areas,' he said.

Cllr. Ryan said he will be pushing to ensure that as much money as possible can be spent before the tourist season.

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