River Slaney plans launched at Enniscorthy

At the River Slaney Public Exhibition at Enniscorthy were Cllr Kathleen Codd-Nolan, Cllr Willie Kavanagh, Chairman, Enniscorthy Municipal District Council, Tom Enright, CEO, Wexford County Council, Minister Kevin 'Boxer' Moran, Minister Paul Kehoe, Cllr Keith Doyle, Chairman, Wexford County Council, Cllr Barbara-Anne Murphy and James Browne T.D. Pic; WexfordToday.com.

Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran T.D., Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief today launched the Public Exhibition for the River Slaney (Enniscorthy) Drainage Scheme, at Enniscorthy Library.
The town of Enniscorthy, located on the banks of the River Slaney, has a history of flooding with a series of flood events over the last numbers of years, most significantly in 1924, 1947, 1965, 2000 and most recently 2015.
Minister Moran said; “The residents of Enniscorthy have seen, first-hand, the devastation and loss that flooding can cause to people and their property. I am delighted to be here today to launch the proposed design for the Enniscorthy Scheme which will involve significant investment in the town at an estimated cost of €44 million (ex-VAT) and which will provide flood protection to 60 residential and 162 commercial properties.”
The Minister went on to say; “This formal statutory consultation process which is commencing today is very important and all observations from the public and interested stakeholders will be considered and responded to. Subject to confirmation of formal approval by the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform, it is envisaged that construction will start in early-2020.”
There were also contributions from Minister Paul Kehoe, Cllr Keith Doyle, Cathaoirleach of Wexford County Council, Cllr Willie Kavanagh, Cathaoirleach of Enniscorthy Municipal Ditrict Council, and Tom Enright, CEO, Wexford County Council.
Also in attendance was James Browne T.D., Cllrs Kathleen Codd-Nolan and Barbara-Anne Murphy, representatives of Enniscorthy Chamber of Commerce, John Carley, Director of Services, Engineer Larry McHale and others associated with consultation and guidance of the project. Liz Hore, District Manager, acted as master of ceremonies.
The proposed design includes river channel widening, river deepening, bridge construction and removal, new traffic management systems and the construction of extensive glass panelled flood walls through the town.
The proposed design for the Enniscorthy Scheme is on public exhibition at Enniscorthy Library and Wexford County Council Offices from today (May 17th) until June 18th.

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