Dáil debates

Thursday, 8 February 2024

Ceisteanna ar Sonraíodh Uain Dóibh - Priority Questions

Legislative Measures

11:00 am

Photo of Carol NolanCarol Nolan (Laois-Offaly, Independent) | Oireachtas source

I certainly welcome the fact that this legislation will be brought forward. It is good news that it is on track. I hope it will not be put back again. I hope we can deliver on bringing that forward. I have concerns in respect of the fact that the Minister of State mentioned that no assessment was done about funding the agency. I know the Minister of State mentioned there was a review of the bodies and agencies that are involved in the Shannon. The last time I raised this matter, I also sought information on the efforts of the OPW to engage directly with Waterways Ireland or the ESB with regard to the mitigation measures, which I think are vital to address the flooding on the Shannon Callows, which is an issue of huge concern to people. I know at that time, the Minister of State confirmed that a tender was to be issued shortly for an ecological consultant to carry out a high-level environmental study. Has that tender been issued? I know that my constituents are looking for information and updates on that.


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