Work needed on south Galway flooding in advance of motorway – Connaughton


Work to address flooding problems in south Galway must be carried out prior to work beginning on the construction of the new N17/18 motorway, according to East Galway T.D. Paul Connaughton. Contracts for the motorway construction are due to be signed in coming weeks with work to start soon afterwards.

‘This week I met with people across south Galway who are concerned about the possibility of a reoccurrence of major flooding issues in the region. These local residents in areas such as Ballinderreen, Ardrahan and Gort, are also concerned that the construction of the new motorway could lead to further flooding issues in south Galway and believe that now is the time to deal with these flooding issues, before work starts on the motorway and then anti-flooding measures built into the design of the motorway should further address the problem.

I want to state that I am one hundred percent in favour of work starting on the new motorway as soon as possible, as I believe it will bring much-needed investment and jobs to the area and this is something that I have campaigned on since being elected but I believe that it would be sensible to begin to address these flooding issues in the short term. Huge problems were experienced in south Galway in relation to flooding in 1995 and 2009 and I believe that the National Roads Authority and Galway County Council must harness this local knowledge and advice, particularly from landowners and community groups and interest groups such as the IFA and use this knowledge in the drawing up of plans to address specific problem areas. Local people have valuable knowledge in terms of how and where the problems arose and now is the time to work on providing long-term solutions to flooding in the region.’