Duiske flood relief but still waiting on Barrow

A SUM of e36,000 has been made available for flood relief works at the Duiske stream in Graignamanagh, and local councillors are again calling for money to help stop flooding in the River Barrow in the town.

A SUM of e36,000 has been made available for flood relief works at the Duiske stream in Graignamanagh, and local councillors are again calling for money to help stop flooding in the River Barrow in the town.

The money for the Duiske, in the form of a grant from the Office of Public Works (OPW), was announced at Monday’s meeting of Kilkenny County Council.

It won’t be possible to carry out the works in the current year because of restrictions on the time frame from June to September, however, and the next step is to consult the National Parks and Wildlife Service about the ecological impact of such works.

Cllr Tommy Prendergast (Lab) welcomed the grant but expressed regret that there is “still no money available for the flood relief scheme in Graig”.

“What is going to happen to the people on the Quay and Main Street in the next couple of years?” he asked.

Director of services John Mulholland pointed out that the council has applied to the OPW for e220,000 for flood defence works on the main channel of the Barrow.

“All we can do it wait,” he said. And in the meantime, “we will try and assist with early flood warnings, sandbags and facilitating the community response. That is the most that we can try to achieve.”

There is a possibility of further OPW money becoming available this year if other schemes around the country are not carried out, he said.

And just as the council is in continuous contact with the OPW to seek the money, Mr Mulholland said, the OPW is “knocking on the door of the Department of Finance”.

Asked whether objections to details of the Barrow scheme had “held up this process”, Mr Mulholland said: “I would not venture that far.”

“There was a significant body of opinion in Graig, which is part of the consultation process that we are bound to respond to and I think that is fair,” he said.