By Dan Walsh
Construction work on the Enniscorthy Flood Relief Scheme that includes a new bridge across the River Slaney costing more than €45 million is closer to commencement after the latest documents have reached the Minister’s desk in Dublin.
Cllr. Barbara-Anne Murphy, Cathaoirleach Enniscorthy Municipal District Council has been informed that the Supplementary Information requested by the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform in relation to Enniscorthy Flood Defence Scheme has been finalised by Wexford County Council.
Enniscorthy Flood Defence Liaison Person, Larry McHale has confirmed to Cllr. Murphy that the required information was submitted to the Office of Public Works on April 27th and the OPW sent it on to the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform on Friday April 30th.
Cllr Murphy told WexfordLocal.com that “as was agreed at by the members of Enniscorthy Municipal District, we are now seeking meetings with Minister Michael McGrath TD Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform and Minister Patrick O’Donovan TD, Minister with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and to stress upon them the urgency of getting the building of the Enniscorthy Flood Defence Scheme started.
“It is imperative that this project gets underway this year. The completed project will provide vital protection to the homes and businesses adversely affected in Enniscorthy by flooding over many years,” concluded Cllr Murphy.
Main construction work can commence when the scheme has been confirmed by the Minister.
It is expected that the entire Flood Defence Scheme for Enniscorthy which will include building a new bridge across the River Slaney will cost more than €45 million.