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Leitrim councillor wants River Drainage Boards reinstated

Sep 6, 2021 17:30 By Shannonside News
Leitrim councillor wants River Drainage Boards reinstated
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Councillors on many local authorities have been calling for the drainage boards to be reinstated for several years now

Leitrim County Councillors have supported calls for a new priority to be put on drainage works across the county.

The Council met today for their first full in person council meeting since the start of the the pandemic.

In a motion submitted by councillor Des Guckian, it was decided that the Taoiseach, Tanáiste and Minister for Agriculture should be called on to reinstate the river drainage boards in the North West.

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River Drainage Boards worked in conjunction with County Councils to identify areas of intervention, allocate funding and provide drainage works.

The motion follows several local instances of severe flash floods that overwhelmed drains and infrastructure during the month of August, damaging many houses and road surfaces.

The core of the submission was widely supported by local representatives.

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According to Councillor Guckian, the lack of priority in completing drainage works is impacting on small local farmers.

 

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