Seanad debates

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Commencement Matters

Drainage Schemes Status

2:30 pm

Photo of Denis O'DonovanDenis O'Donovan (Fianna Fail) | Oireachtas source

I thank the Minister for coming before the House and giving his response. There is a lot of anxiety among the flood group, townspeople, ratepayers, shopkeepers and residents that the scheme which will be delivered is not what was originally proposed and planned. I am putting the Minister on notice in a gentle, rather than adversarial way. If the scheme which will be delivered and is expected to go tender towards the end of the summer or the start of the autumn is less that adequate for the needs of the people of Bandon and its surrounding areas and if it is in any way a second rate scheme, he or I will never hear the end of it.

I thank him for his response and I hope things can proceed. The people of Bandon have been waiting for generations for this scheme. Not alone will it have to be efficient and up to the best standards, it should also be the best available to ensure that the residents, businesspeople and ratepayers in Bandon will get the very best scheme possible, having waited almost six years for it to come to fruition.


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