Fine Gael TD for Meath East, Regina Doherty, has said today (Wednesday) that funding of over €58,000 is being provided to help prevent flooding in Ashbourne in Co. Meath.
“This funding, which has been approved for Meath County Council, comes under the OPW’s Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme. It will be used to appoint consultants to investigate the causes of flooding in the Ashbourne area and come up with solutions.
“This investment in flood prevention works is great news for the Ashbourne area. We all remember the heavy rain that swept across the country last November, hitting Meath particularly badly and causing dreadful damage.
“Flooding is a serious problem and what we need is a quick response to help ensure that we’re prepared the next time heavy rain hits.
“Flood prevent is something that this Government is committed to investing in. Yesterday, as part of the Capital Investment Plan a €430 million 5 year programme of flood defence measures was unveiled. The flood protection capital programme 2016 – 2021 will build on the very significant investment that has already been undertaken in flood relief works throughout the country over the last 20 years, with over €410 million invested in that period in flood risk management. The further substantial investment announced yesterday will allow this significant work programme to continue to address the most urgent flood risk problems facing the country.”