Minister for Disabilities and Fianna Fáil TD for Galway East, Anne Rabbitte, has welcomed the priority given by government to the drafting of the River Shannon Management Body Bill this summer.
Included in the government’s Priority Legislation to be published before the summer is the River Shannon Management Body Bill, which aims to create a statutory management body with responsibilities and functions to identify, coordinate, monitor and communicate flood risk management actions and activities for the River Shannon catchment area.
Minister Rabbitte commented,
It’s great to see that the River Shannon Management Body Bill has been given priority by government and that the heads of the Bill are in preparation and are due to be published this side of the summer. As a TD along the Shannon and a partner to the government formation talks in 2020, this was a key discussion point and it’s testament to this government to see how quickly this is progressing. I tabled a Bill myself in 2017 while in Opposition, which also aimed to help address flooding issues along the River Shannon, so this bolstered Bill is an ever greater step forward.
and she continued:
It demonstrates this government’s awareness of the importance to establish a statutory management body responsible for flood risk management actions and activities in the River Shannon catchment area. This has been long sought for and is crucial for families, businesses and farm owners in the area and that issues can be addressed in a real way and with forward planning. Once established, this will have a real impact on so many people across Galway, ensuring there is a wide range of measures to help protect vulnerable communities along the banks of the river.
Minister Rabbitte concluded,
From Portumna to Ballinasloe and Killaloe to Cootehall, people living along the River Shannon have had a lot to contend with, particularly in recent years, and it’s not easy for anyone to have the threat of floods hanging over them. This new agency will be key in alleviating pressure on those affected and I’m sure TDs in Government and in Opposition will be keen to advance this legislation as soon as possible,