Local councillor Ivan Connaughton has expressed disappointment that the serious flooding problem at Correal Cross has not received funding from the Office of Public Works under the Minor Flood Works Mitigation Scheme.
Speaking to the Roscommon People, Cllr. Connaughton stated: “While it is welcome that €202,500 has been received under this scheme where works will be done in Killeglan, Beagh Brabazon, Fairhill, Moneymore, Curnalee and Ogulla, many other areas including Lough Funshinagh, Bushfield, Castleplunkett and Correal Cross are deemed not eligible for funding as they would not be cost beneficial.
“This totally contradicts this Government’s commitment under its Programme for Government where they clearly stated flooding issues would be a top priority. As we approach the winter months, many householders in areas liable to flooding face uncertain times and this is not good enough.”
Cllr. Connaughton went on to highlight the situation for property owners at Correal Cross and questioned the Office of Public Works’ cost analysis of flood-affected areas.
He said: “Taking Correal Cross for example, there are no reports required to solve this problem, the adjoining landowner is amenable and allowing access for an outlet through his lands and all that is required is funding from the OPW. If these works are not done in the next six weeks, seven houses are at high risk of flooding, one being a modern timber framed residence with a replacement cost of €400,000 and with no insurance. And the OPW have the ignorance to say works at Correal Cross are not cost beneficial.”
Cllr. Connaughton concluded by stating that the serious issue at Correal Cross needed to be discussed: “I will be calling a public meeting in the coming days to highlight this serious issue at Correal Cross as well as Athleague village, Scrine, Four Roads and other areas in mid/south Roscommon. As a re-elected TD said last December, the time for studies and reports is over, action is required. I am sure he will honour this since his promotion to Cabinet.”