Lough Funshinagh: ‘Tánaiste to seek new legal advice’ – Fallon

Cllr Laurence Fallon says that Tánaiste Micheál Martin has agreed to seek new legal advice on alleviating the flooding at Lough Funshinagh following proposals put to him by Cllr Fallon.

The Tánaiste had visited the flooded communities surrounding the lake in Ballagh, Lisphelim and Curraghboy last week, where he stated that the Attorney General’s advice was that the flooding was not an emergency, and as such, “it would be difficult to take a quantity of water out of the lake before next winter”.

Speaking following the visit, Cllr Fallon said, “I pointed out to him that things have changed dramatically in the last year, causing this to be a new emergency. Firstly, there are houses under much greater threat of flooding than they were this time last year.

“Secondly, there are septic tanks and slurry tanks that are now much more likely to be flooded in the next few months and into next winter, creating an environmental emergency.

“What may not have been an emergency when the High Court injunction was taken out two years ago, is certainly an emergency now. I am pleased that the Tánaiste agreed to raise my points with the Attorney General, the Government’s legal advisor, and explore what impact they might have on the ability to lower the water level”.

Concluding, Cllr Fallon warned, “Without removing a certain quantity of water from the lake between now and Christmas, we will not succeed in keeping the villages safe this year. I would appeal to all involved to act now to save the villages of Ballagh, Curraghboy and Lisphelim”.