Denis Naughten TD has called for a meeting of the Environment Committee to examine the management of water levels on the River Shannon above and below Lough Ree.
The request was made as a result of summer flooding in the Shannon Basin which once again occurred in the last 10 days.
“I have written to both the Chairman and the Clerk of the Committee seeking to have all the relevant parties associated with management of water levels on the River Shannon invited to a meeting to discuss the issue as a matter of urgency,” stated Denis Naughten.
“It is important that the committee would call the relevant parties before it at the first available opportunity due to the huge environmental impact summer flooding is having not only on wildlife but also on farming and the local community.”
Denis Naughten also raised the issue of Shannon flooding in the Dáil this week where he questioned Minister of State, Brian Hayes, about the steps being taken to address flood risks in the Shannon Basin.