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Dáil Éireann debate -
Thursday, 14 May 1970

Vol. 246 No. 9

Ceisteanna—Questions. Oral Answers. - Shannon Flooding.


andMr. Cowen asked the Minister for Finance if the Office of Public Works is prepared to carry out anv work to reduce flooding from the River Shannon in the Shannonbridge area.

It would not be practicable to carry out separate works to relieve flooding in the Shanonbridge area. Drainage of the area could be considered only in the context of a scheme for the Shannon catchment as a whole.

Would the Parliamentary Secretary say when it is intended to carry out a drainage scheme on the Shannon?

The question relates to the Shannonbridge area.

Which is part of the Shannon.

The survey of the Shannon is continuing. It would not be possible for me to say when actual work will start.

How long is this survey going on?

The survey was first started in 1965 and then it was revised in 1967.

What happened to the surveys that were carried out prior to 1965?

It is proceeding at a slower rate than was envisaged in 1965.

Is the Parliamentary Secretary aware that prior to the Roscommon by-election in 1964 the Government party promised they would drain the River Shannon? What is the cause of the delay?

The drainage of the Shannon is a very big job.