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Irish Rail coastal protection plan will help slow down erosion at the Murrough in Wicklow


Ongoing erosion at the Murrough coastline in Wicklow town.

Ongoing erosion at the Murrough coastline in Wicklow town.

Ongoing erosion at the Murrough coastline in Wicklow town.


CONSULTANTS commissioned by Irish Rail to review the review the Irish Coastal Protection Strategy Study (ICPSS) from Ringsend to Wicklow town, will start the design process in September.

Irish Rail commissioned the survey to protect the coastal railway line from encroaching erosion.

Last June it was announced that the erosion plan would cost in the region of €145 million to out works along the coastline from Bray to the Murrough in Wicklow town. The Arup survey will revise and forecast erosion rates for the coastline from Ringsend to Wicklow town.

Speaking at last Monday’s monthly meeting of Wicklow County Council, Cllr Mary Kavanagh inquired about the current status of the proposed protection works for the Murrough. Large sections of the popular walkway in Wicklow town has been washed away and eroded continuously down through the years.

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“The previous Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council had spoken about funding for much-needed coastal protection works along the Murrough. It’s an extremely popular area for walkers and other people in Wicklow town. Previously Frank Curran (former Chief Executive) said a committee was going to be put together to go to the EU for potential funding,” said Cllr Kavanagh.

In reply, Senior Engineer, Marc Devereux said: “Consultants are currently preparing the project for Irish Rail, which will run from Ringsend to Wicklow town, and includes the Murrough. A strategic assessment report is being finalised to work out the funding which has been provisionally consented to. The design process will start in September through to October.”