Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Questions (410)

Michael P. Kitt

Question:

410. Deputy Michael P. Kitt asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht when the Meelick Weir, Eyrecourt, Ballinasloe, will be repaired and reopened; if this will be carried out before the tourism season; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20950/14]

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Written answers (Question to Arts)

I am advised by Waterways Ireland that Meelick Weir at Eyrecourt, near Ballinasloe in Co. Galway is not closed. It is functioning normally and is currently retaining upstream water levels, as required. However, a walkway superstructure on the weir requires to be replaced, as a result of damage caused by flooding. I am informed by Waterways Ireland that full planning permission will be required for this project. I am also advised that Waterways Ireland is completing an Environmental Impact Assessment and a hydrological study of the weir to allow it to comply with the requirements of the planning process. When this is complete, Waterways Ireland will submit a planning application to restore the walkway and make any appropriate repairs to the weir and weir sluices that may be required. Subject to planning permission and the required funding being in place, it is hoped that work will commence on this project in 2015.