Progress on Meelick Weir welcome


News that Waterways Ireland is to submit a planning application to restore the walkway at Meelick Weir, Eyrecourt, Co. Galway, was welcomed this week by East Galway T.D. Paul Connaughton.
‘Last September I met with members of Meelick Weir Restoration Committee and since then I have had many representations from members of the local community about this vital piece of tourism infrastructure for East Galway.
‘This spectacular weir was built in the 19th century and has been popular with fishing tourists for decades. It also lies alongside the Hymany Way walking route and a restored walkway will attract more walking visitors to this underexplored area of county Galway.
‘I have made repeated representations to Waterways Ireland on the matter and today I was informed that Waterways Ireland is currently preparing to apply for planning permission for the replacement of the weir superstructure. An Environmental Impact Assessment and a hydrological study of the weir are currently underway and when these are complete Waterways Ireland will apply for planning permission to restore the walkway and repair the weir and weir sluices.
‘Given the nature and scale of the work envisioned, I believe that Waterways Ireland are taking the right course in terms of restoring the walkway in what will be a long-term solution for the area.
‘The next step is to ensure that appropriate funding is in place to allow Waterways Ireland to progress on this important project as soon as a decision is made in relation to planning permission and this is something I will be working on in coming weeks and months.
‘I would also like to commend members of the local community on their determination to see that appropriate work is carried out on this spectacular weir, to ensure that it continues to be available to local people and tourists to the region and I pledge to work with them to ensure that their plans become a reality as soon as possible.’