Kerry Independents TDs and brothers, Deputy Danny and Deputy Michael Healy Rae with Cllr. Maura Healy Rae and Cllr. Sammy Locke, met with Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief during his visit to Kerry this morning.
Flooding issues in various parts of the county were top of their agenda and Deputy Danny was better placed that most to bring the Minister up to speed on the situation in the Castleisland area.
Minister Met Locals in Castleisland
They brought Minister Moran to meet locals at Castleisland Community College earlier today.
Deputy Danny was present at a couple of the high water mark days in Castleisland in recent years and the community college itself had a close call on at least one of those occasions.
While some flood alleviation work has been done since, most notably on the enlargement of the culvert under the Cordal Road at Tullig, the distressful flooding problem in the Kilbanivane Cemetery area remains untouched as another year slips onward.
Culvert in Tullig
A clear solution has been identified for nigh on the past two years and its implementation was held up only by the problem with the narrowing of the culvert in Tullig.
Worrying too is the fact that the River Maine was swollen to near its banking capacity in places during the few days of heavy rain last week – and that at a time when the land feeding it should have been soaking up much more than it let drain away.
“During our meeting with Minister Kevin Boxer Moran and the executive of Kerry County Council, we asked management to send in an application for the Minor Flood Works scheme for houses and areas in Foiladuane, Glenflesk and Castleisland,” said a statement from the Healy Rae brothers and Cllr. Maura Healy Rae.
“The Minister, having seen the areas in question, believes they are suitable for the scheme but he must receive an application and report from Kerry County Council before they could be approved,” the statement concluded.
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