Murphy unveils new Bill

New Bill to help address flooding issues

Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on OPW and Flood Relief Eugene Murphy TD has launched a Bill to help address flooding issues along the River Shannon. Deputy Murphy, with his colleagues Deputies Barry Cowen, Robert Troy and Anne Rabbitte, has set out new legislation to remove outdated water level restrictions on ESB regulated lakes along the Shannon. The launch took place in Leinster House on Thursday morning last.

  Deputy Murphy stated: “This Bill addresses the concerns raised by various community groups and aims to update old legislation in order to ensure the ESB has full flexibility in setting water levels on Lough Allen, Lough Derg and Lough Ree. This will lead to a more co-ordinated decision making process, free from legal constraints, and will help maintain an adequate, safe water level. 

  “Essentially the Bill removes specific water levels from legislation and allows the ESB to continue to use its own expertise to set these levels in conjunction with other relevant bodies such as Waterways Ireland, Inland Fisheries and the local authorities. This bill offers real and practical solutions.

  “This Bill is not a silver bullet. There is no single solution to ease flooding along the Shannon, but our Bill can form part of an overall package of measures designed to address the difficulties communities on the Shannon are facing.”