Minister for Disabilities and Fianna Fáil TD, Anne Rabbitte, has confirmed that Minister of State at the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, Patrick O’Donovan, will visit South Galway to visit areas affected by flooding.

Minister Rabbitte has raised the issue of flooding in South Galway with Minister O’Donovan on a number of occasions, including the development of the the Gort Lowlands Flood Relief Scheme. In a letter to Minister Rabbitte this month, Minister O’Donovan confirmed that he will visit the area when current travel restrictions are lifted.

Minister Rabbitte commented, “Flooding is one of the more pressing issues for South Galway in recent years and it’s great to see Minister O’Donovan has accepted my invitation to visit the area and to see first-hand how it has impacted people’s lives and livelihoods.

The likes of Gort, Lackan, Ballyglass, Ballyboy and many areas around South Galway have been hit hard by flooding in recent works and it’s crucial that the much needed flood relief schemes are put in place so people don’t have this danger hanging over them any longer.
A solution has been found so it’s crucial now that work begins as soon as possible. I’m sure there will be many who will want to contribute to the public consultation once it commences.

Minister O’ Donovan said:

Galway County Council is leading on the Gort Lowlands Scheme, and I am delighted to see confirmation in recent months that a technically feasible engineering solution has been found and early indications are that it has the potential to be both environmentally and economically feasible based on the information to hand.

The Options Assessment is continuing and will be followed by a period of public consultation which will allow stakeholders and the public to input their views before the option selection process is concluded. I would be very happy to visit the area when current travel restrictions are lifted or possibly later in 2021 as you have indicated.

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