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Westmeath councillor criticises lack of consultation on Lough Funshinagh works

Sep 8, 2021 08:09 By Shannonside News
Westmeath councillor criticises lack of consultation on Lough Funshinagh works Westmeath councillor criticises lack of consultation on Lough Funshinagh works
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The flooding at Lough Funshinagh has been a serious issue for the past few years but councillor Louise Heavin says the Roscommon authority shouldn't have attempted to resolve the issue in the manner they did

A Westmeath councillor says the local authority there should have been consulted in relation to plans by Roscommon council to discharge water into the River Shannon and Lough Ree.

Green Party councillor Louise Heavin had a motion at this week's meeting of Athlone-Moate Municipal District asking that the Roscommon authority carry out appropriate environmental assessment in accordance with EU directives before considering the discharge of water from Lough Funshinagh into Lough Ree again.

She also wanted the Westmeath authority to request that no further works are carried out in the manner in which the Funshinagh works were begun.

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Works to alleviate flooding to homes and farms around the lake were halted in recent weeks after a legal challenge taken by Friends of the Irish Environment.

Councillor Heavin says while she realises the concern of people living in the flooded area, there also has to be wider consideration given to the possible environmental impacts.

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