Outdoor workers praised after flood

Published 23/01/2016 | 00:00

Cllr Malcolm Byrne
Cllr Malcolm Byrne
Council worker John Joe Doyle from Enniscorthy, who worked on the clean-up of the recent floods, speaking with President Michael D Higgins on his recent visit to Enniscorthy.

THE efforts of outdoor council workers during the recent storms was praised by Cllr Malcolm Byrne at the meeting.

Cllr Byrne said they responded extremely well in very bad weather. County Manager Tom Enright said funding of €2.3m is being provided to help the council mend roads affected by flood damage.

'We are due to carry out emergency repairs to the road network. Hopefully we don't get hard frost as the roads are already in a poor condition. If we get frost that will exacerbate it. We're hoping to get extra money to carry out emergency repairs.'

Cllr Paddy Kavanagh expressed concern about the affect the flooding has had on coastal areas in the county.

Cllr Deirdre Wadding asked if the council could access extra funding 'due to the poor position we have been put in'.

She said an English community used the river and nature to lessen flooding, while nearby towns with new flood defence systems were badly flooded.

Mr Enright said: 'We have an extensive soft coastline, with houses in Kilpatrick where roads have been washed away. We're looking at how we can restore access for them and further down the coast at Courtown. A cost benefit analysis will be carried out.'

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