Council clears Coillte over flooding of homes

Roscommon County Council has cleared Coillte of any fault over the flooding of people’s homes at Sliabh Bán, near Strokestown, recently. On Wednesday, June 15th, after a downpour, six homes were flooded either side of the mountain, particularly at Clooncagh, Curraghroe and Doughill. It was widely claimed that the flooding was because of Coillte’s development of a wind farm, comprising 20 wind turbines on Sliabh Bán. However, at Monday’s meeting of the local authority, the Council denied that there was any such link.  “I want to make it 100 per cent clear that Roscommon County Council planning department has no issue with the development that’s ongoing on Sliabh Bán,” Eugene Cummins, the Chief Executive, said.  He said that the flooding was due to a “very high intensity of rain” that happened in a very short time that was outside of people’s control. There had been calls for an independent assessment of the flooding to be carried out, but Mr. Cummins said that the Council would not be seeking this.  Martin Lydon, the Acting Director of Services for Planning and Enterprise, also exonerated Coillte. He said that a Council engineer visited Sliabh Bán on June 22nd and that there was no evidence of damage or soil erosion on the site.

  “Our overall impression of the development is that it has been well managed and constructed to a good standard,” Mr. Lydon said.

  The Council officials were responding to questions from councillors Valerie Byrne, Domnick Connolly (both Independent) and Orla Leyden (Fianna Fáil).