Progress needed on Enniscorthy Flood Relief Scheme

Minister of State Paul Kehoe has said there can be no further delays in the construction of the Enniscorthy Flood Relief Scheme.

Minister Kehoe has obtained an update from the Minister for OPW, Kevin Boxer Moran, which confirms that services and utilities along the promenade are expected to be relocated this year – ahead of the full construction in 2019.

There were concerns expressed following Storm Emma about the prospect of fresh flooding in Enniscorthy.

Minister Kehoe was in contact again with Minister Moran this, who visited Enniscorthy on the Sunday after the storm hit the town.

In his response to Minister Kehoe, Minister Moran said initial site investigations have been completed, along with  archaeological and ecological assessments and reports.

An advance programme to control and eradicate invasive species of vegetation is currently underway.

The treatment of Japanese knotweed will take place in April and September and the treatment of Himalayan Balsam will be carried out in July this year.

Further advance construction elements which involve relocation of services and utilities along the Promenade are expected to commence in 2018.
Speaking today, Minister Kehoe said delivering the flood relief scheme is among his top priorities and minister and that he has urged his government colleagues of the need to ensure there is no further delays.

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