Flooding: Locals in Athleague ‘not being listened to’

Two local TDs have criticised proposals emanating from CFRAM (Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management) meetings in Athleague and Roscommon where flooding issues in this area were discussed. The meetings were addressed by officials from the OPW and Jacobs Engineering.

  Fianna Fáil TD Eugene Murphy said the recent CFRAM proposals were completely out of touch with the layman’s language and views, adding that they have not “tapped into the considerable knowledge which exists in the affected area.”

  Deputy Michael Fitzmaurice also claims that the views of local people have not been taken on board and added that he was “dismayed and very disappointed” by what he has seen.

  The draft plan for Athleague proposes that €2.5m be spent on a range of defences, but does not envisage widening the Silver Stream bridge, a project that had been favoured by residents.

  Deputy Murphy: “The millions of euro laid out for works in Roscommon Town and Athleague village won’t solve the problem of flooding. This money could be better spent by taking the views of the local people on board.

  “The study does not appear to address the issues around the bridge in Athleague and locals will tell you that if bigger culverts and remedial works are addressed it would practically alleviate the danger of flooding which caused so much worry and disruption in Athleague in recent years. The bypass at Tubbervaddy also needed to be opened to provide flood relief.”

  The Fianna Fáil Deputy said that issues surrounding the River Jiggy at the Railway bridge in Roscommon Town needed to be addressed.

  Deputy Fitzmaurice said he attended last week’s meeting and was dismayed and very disappointed at what he saw there.

  “It was exactly what we saw when the consultations were held three months ago and nothing that was said by local people has been taken on board as far as I can see. This is very disappointing. I would urge locals to make submissions on the basis that our rivers, streams and drains need to be dredged as the only way to prevent flooding in certain areas.

  “In Roscommon Town unless the bridge where the railway track runs over the River Jiggy is addressed they are wasting their time. That river also needs to be widened. In Athleague, at the Silver Stream, bigger culverts are needed and remedial works at needed at the Suck and the bypass at Tubbervaddy needs to be opened to provide flood relief. A sum of about €250,000 would be sufficient, instead of the sum of €2.5 million that is being talked about.

  “The reality is that the winter is coming and flooding will once again be a huge threat. Actions speak louder than any words or reports and we have to take heed of local knowledge.”