It will take “quite a while” to provide flood relief works in Graignamanagh and Thomastown, a senior Kilkenny County Council official has predicted.
Giving members a review of flood relief works around the county at the council’s monthly meeting, director of services John Mulholland was asked by Graignamanagh-based Cllr Tommy Prendergast (Lab) and Thomastown-based Cllr Sean Treacy (FF) about the progress in their respective areas. Cllr Prendergast noted in particular that the town had nearly flooded the previous night.
The council had hoped that the two towns would be covered by funding from the Office of Public Works (OPW) for small schemes, but it has since been determined that both schemes will probably exceed the funding threshold.
“I would have particular concern about Graignamanagh,” Mr Mulholland agreed. “The solution in Graignamanagh is only a large-scale scheme like the OPW would traditionally have done.”
He said, however: “There would have to be some new initiative from the OPW but I don’t see that happening.”
Cllr Prendergast said: “It’s going to flood. It’s as simple as that” – to which Mr Mulholland agreed with a simple: “Yes.”
“It will take quite a while to provide a scheme in Graignamanagh,” he said.
For Thomastown, the official said: My answer is the same (as with Graig’). Both schemes are very similar.”
He said the council would ask the OPW to proceed with both schemes but that “it is up to the OPW to move on it.”
“We talk on a regular basis to the OPW and we can underline the importance of putting these two schemes into the funding process,” he said.
Cllr Fidelis Doherty (FG) also asked about adding Glenmore to the list of schemes for smaller works, but Mr Mulholland said that “it is my understanding that the scheme is being terminated and there will be no more applications.”