Lough Funshinagh: Kerrane urges Taoiseach to act now

Responding to Deputy Claire Kerrane in the Dáil this week regarding Lough Funshinagh, the Taoiseach advised that he intends to visit the area and has asked the Attorney General to prioritise advice on taking emergency action, saying that as soon as he has it, he will reach out to elected representatives.

Raising the issue with the Taoiseach in the Dáil this week, Deputy Kerrane said, “The situation at Lough Funshinagh is worsening hour by hour with water continually rising – and the rain keeps coming.

“As I stand here today, a fifth home is now likely to be evacuated. Water is now rapidly flowing towards Curraghboy village, extending this crisis even further. An overflow pipe, as a temporary and emergency measure is 60% completed and stalled.

“I know having met the new Minister for the OPW Kieran O’Donnell in Roscommon last Friday, along with other Oireachtas members, local councillors, and families from the community, as well as speaking to him yesterday, that advice is awaited now from the Attorney General. We need this advice now.

“People and families have had been forced to abandon their home and livelihoods have been destroyed. We need the advice to allow the emergency action now”, she concluded.