Further setback for ‘Lough Funshinagh residents’

High Court imposes injunction on works

An environmental group last week secured a High Court injunction preventing Roscommon County Council from carrying out any further flood relief works at Lough Funshinagh pending the outcome of a legal challenge.

  The High Court granted the order in favour of Friends of the Irish Environment on Friday last (28th).

  Following the hearing, Roscommon County Council released the following statement: “The court described the issue as presenting a very real dilemma. If the court was to refuse the order, but Friends of the Irish Environment were to ultimately win their case, the court would have allowed works near a protected European site without full compliance with required procedures.

  “If the court was to grant the order, but Friends of the Irish Environment were to lose their case, the court would have delayed emergency flood relief works to after a point in time when they would not be available to alleviate potential flood risk during the forthcoming winter.

  “The court found there was a conflict in the evidence produced by Friends of the Irish Environment and Roscommon County Council that it could not resolve.

  “Even so, the court concluded that the evidence produced by Friends of the Irish Environment was sufficient to establish a real risk to the protected European site that justified the prohibition for the time being”.

  The High Court is expected to release its written judgement next week and the matter has been listed for mention on February 17th.