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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 17 Feb 1955

Vol. 148 No. 4

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - River Foyle Embankment.

asked the Minister for Agriculture what steps are being taken to repair the embankment of the River Foyle at Lifford.

I would refer the Deputy to the reply given on the 15th December, 1954, to a question by Deputy McMenamin, regarding the drainage of the River Deele and the repair of adjacent embankments on the River Foyle.

Despite that reply of December last, could not this matter be dealt with under the Flood Relief Bill of which so much was promised? Would there not be any money available from this source to do this very necessary job in circumstances which are the cause of very much distress in that area of which the Minister has already heard so much?

Perhaps the Deputy has forgotten the reply I gave to Deputy McMenamin? If it would be of any convenience to him I would be glad to repeat it now: "The Commissioners of Public Works, acting as my agents, have made an engineering survey of the Rivers Deale and Swillyburn and adjacent embankments on the River Foyle. A decision as to what work should be carried out must await consideration of the engineering report. I am expecting the report shortly and will then consider whether a scheme can be carried out". That report has not yet reached me, but I assure the Deputy that as soon as it does it will be most carefully considered.

The Minister should try to rush it along.

I will do my very best to expedite the matter in any way I can.