€7m to address Shannon bottlenecks – Naughten

In Agriculture, East Galway, Families, Local Issues, South Roscommon by Denis Naughten

Investment to improve flow of Shanon River will help address scale of local flooding


Local TD Denis Naughten has been informed by Minister Boxer Moran that an additional €7m has been allocated by Government to address a number of serious pinch points on the River Shannon. This will have a direct impact on the flow of the River and the scale of flooding after heavy rainfall.

”The funding will address a series of pinch points from Athlone to Meelick, which will reduce the scale of flooding experienced along the banks of the Shannon within the Callows  as well as addressing severe flooding south of the town of Ballinasloe on the River Suck,” explained Denis Naughten.

”This investment, combined with the works carried out to date and plans to re-flood bogs within the catchment of the Shannon and Suck rivers, will have a significant impact over time on the threat of flooding within our area.

”As a government Minister with responsibility for the ESB, Bord na Mona and Inland Fisheries I worked closely with Minister Boxer Moran and his predecessor Minister Sean Canney to ensure that real progress could be made on addressing the scale of flooding within the Shannon & Suck catchments.

”During my time in Cabinet I assisted Minister Moran in carrying out the first ever drainage works by the Irish State on the River Shannon and this precedent has allowed for today’s announcement.

”I hope over the coming weeks that I can secure the support of people throughout Roscommon and Galway so that I can ensure that the next Government continues this important work,” concluded Denis Naughten.