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Ex-OPW Minister says Lough Funshinagh locals should remain hopeful of solution

Sep 24, 2021 15:09 By Shannonside News
Ex-OPW Minister says Lough Funshinagh locals should remain hopeful of solution Ex-OPW Minister says Lough Funshinagh locals should remain hopeful of solution
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Kevin 'Boxer' Moran was the Minister for OPW in the last Government.

Residents close to Lough Funshinagh could have cause for optimism that works can recommence to install an overflow pipe at the lake in the coming months.

A court injunction brought by Friends of the Irish Environment in August stopped the construction of the pipe, which would only remove excess water during times of high flooding.

The group also contended that the Emergency legislation dating back to 1949 enacted by the Chief Executive of Roscommon County Council has been superseded by European laws.

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They also argued that the required environmental reports were not carried out.

Former Minister at the Office of Public Works Kevin Boxer Moran says he understands that the necessary environmental reports could be completed in the next six to eight weeks and will be presented to the Minister at the Office of Public Works.

Boxer Moran argues that he can then make the case to Minister for Housing and Local Government Darragh O' Brien to introduce updated and location-specific emergency legislation:

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You can hear the full interview with Boxer Moran here:

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