€126,000 Approved for a flood alleviation scheme for Wexford Racecourse

Announcing the news this morning, Minister of State with responsibility for Defence Paul Kehoe said a total of €126,000 from the Office of Public Works (OPW) has been approved to upgrade Wexford race course.

The funding boost will allow racecourse management to roll out a flood alleviation scheme which will involve the construction of an embankment to impound floodwater.

Adjacent estates such as Carriglawn and Newlands have in the past been affected by run off water from the racecourse.

Announcing the funding, Minister Kehoe said “as a result of this scheme the race course will be able to contain the water safely so as to prevent properties being affected by flooding.

Wexford county council, which will administer the funding, was informed of the decision to grant €126,000 by the OPW this week.

Minister Kehoe said “the scheme should come as a relief to local residents who have been affected by flooding in the past.

“Wexford race course is a huge asset to the county and commended race course management for their efforts in this regard.

The Fine Gael TD said he will continue to work with OPW minister Kevin Boxer Moran to ensure Wexford is prioritised in terms of flooding and coastal protection.