Thursday, November 22, 2012

Government spends more than €2.7 million on flood relief efforts for Meath

Fine Gael Meath East TD, Regina Doherty, has today (Thursday) said that more than €2.7 million has been allocated this year to Meath County Council for flood prevention works. Deputy Doherty received the information in response to a Parliamentary Question she tabled to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin TD.

“This year alone, more than €2.7 million is being allocated to Meath County Council to help with flood risk management. Since 2009, almost €16 million has spent on flood prevention works in Co. Meath. Much of this money has been spent on the Mornington Flood Relief Scheme, which is now substantially complete. Other works have also been undertaken on the River Tolka and at Northlands in Mornington.

“We know how damaging flooding can be in Co. Meath. Just two months ago, a housing estate in Bettystown was flooded after very heavy rainfall. Last year the county was also hit by flooding after severe downpours caused terrible damage across the east coast.

“Between now and 2016, the Government will spend a quarter of a billion euro on flood relief measures, which is more than the total spent on such measures in the previous ten years. Considering our difficult economic circumstances, this substantial investment in flood prevention shows the Government recognises the serious personal impact flooding can have.

“While we cannot plan for every natural eventuality, I hope the alleviation and flood relief works being carried out in Co. Meath will help to prevent flooding from having a devastating impact on householders in the future.”

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