Naughten calls for State task force to tackle Lough Funshinagh issues

Local TD Denis Naughten has called for a State task force to be set up to address issues around flood relief works at Lough Funshinagh ahead of a major public meeting to discuss the future of the turlough on July 4th.

The Independent TD says that unless the barriers blocking the completion of works at Lough Funshinagh are addressed then many more communities across the country will face a similar crisis in the coming years.

“Because of the legal challenges associated with the emergency flood relief works at Lough Funshinagh, we are now left in a situation where the only option that may be open to families facing the threat of flooding, where works impact on a designated habitat, is to have the homes demolished and the families relocated. In the middle of a housing and climate emergency this is not an acceptable solution,” he said.

Deputy Naughten has called on the Government to establish a cross-departmental and cross-agency task force as a matter of urgency to address emergency climate adaptation measures to protect homes.

  “The first item on the agenda of this new task force should be the authorisation of flood alleviation works at Lough Funshinagh in County Roscommon as a case study,” he said.

Deputy Naughten warned that other communities would find themselves in a similar situation to that in Ballagh, where the community’s very survival is threatened by climate change.

The Independent TD said the issues that need to be addressed were clearly set out in a letter from Roscommon County Council CEO Eugene Cummins to Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan in May.

Meranwhile, a public meeting entitled ‘Where next for the Lough Funshinagh communities?’ will take place on Monday, July 4th in St. John’s Community Centre in Lecarrow.

Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting, which organisers say is aimed at generating potential solutions to the crisis including a remedial plan to save the communities affected by flooding at Lough Funshinagh.