Dáil debates

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Topical Issue Debate

Flood Prevention Measures

6:45 pm

Photo of Lucinda CreightonLucinda Creighton (Dublin South East, Renua Ireland) | Oireachtas source

-----to meet the residents who live in Anglesea Road and the surrounding areas whose homes have been devastated and who are absolutely frustrated with the lack of progress and the tardy nature of this works programme. It is a relatively short stretch of river. The funding was allocated in 2012 and the reasoning and excuses that have been offered for the delays would make one wonder. That is a polite way of putting it. Otters that nobody was aware of when the works began have delayed some aspects of the works by up to 18 months. It is just not acceptable and it is not professional. It completely ignores the fact that these residents are exposed not only in terms of the potential damage to their homes, but also financially in terms of the absence of any flood insurance. I submitted this issue for a Topical Debate but, unfortunately, it was not accepted by the Ceann Comhairle. Clearly, however, it is connected.

Will the Minister of State agree to meet the residents in the Anglesea Road area to discuss this matter and see if the works can be expedited. I would like it if he would commit to that in the House. Is that a "Yes"?


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