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Roscommon Council to restart flood defence measures at Lough Funshinagh

Oct 14, 2021 17:10 By Shannonside News
Roscommon Council to restart flood defence measures at Lough Funshinagh Roscommon Council to restart flood defence measures at Lough Funshinagh
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The local authority today announced a scaled back scheme of works at the South Roscommon lough.

Roscommon County Council is to restart flood defense works at Lough Funshinagh.

The local authority today announced a scaled back scheme of works at the South Roscommon lough.

The project was halted last month following a High Court case brought by environmental group, Friends of the Irish Environment.

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The emergency works will entail the drainage of 2 million cubic metres of water from the turlough in order to maintain the current water levels until next year.

Addressing the chamber, Chief Executive of the Council, Eugene Cummins, announced that following a detailed screening from an environmental consultant, works can now resume in order to keep the situation at bay.

A High Court case brought by environmental group Friends of the Irish Environment over the summer halted works on an overflow pipe to drain excess water from the lake.

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The judge found that work had not been subjected to assessments under EU directives on Habitats and Environmental Impact Assessments.

Roscommon County Council has stated the minor nature of the new programme of work does not require planning permission or an environmental assessment

Councillors welcomed the update, though many expressed disappointment at the small nature of the new works.

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