Sinn Fein TD Martin Kenny has welcomed the announcement that funding has been allocated to a pilot scheme for channel cleaning works on tributaries and rivers with Leitrim and Sligo being included in the scheme.
Deputy Kenny said, “This is very welcome news to help combat flooding in Leitrim and Sligo. I organised for Minster Kevin Boxer Moran to come and visit the constituency a number of months ago to discuss flooding with the local authorities and community groups and individuals affected by flooding.
“I understand that the level of funding will be substantial and that works should start in 2018. The works will be carried out by the local authority that will draw up a plan of the rivers and tributaries that heed urgent attention.
“Flooding has become a major issue in recent years with rivers and tributaries becoming blocked with debris and overgrowth. We had a drainage scheme in the past which dealt with these issues but this was taken away.
“I hope that this pilot scheme will go a long way to cleaning our rivers at pinch points where flood waters build up and that it reduces flooding in these areas.”