Archive for January 26, 2012
Fine Gael Cork South West Deputy, Noel Harrington, has today (Thursday) confirmed the Government’s commitment to the Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme, the money for which, he has been informed, has been identified and ring-fenced.
“I have spoken to the Minister of State at the OPW, Brian Hayes, who has confirmed the Government’s commitment to proceed with the Skibbereen Flood Relief Scheme, the funding for which has been earmarked and set aside for the completion of the project.”
Speaking after yesterday’s successful public information day, which was held to keep the public informed of progress and the emerging Preferred Option for the reduction of flood risk in the region, Deputy Harrington welcomed the announcement.
“Limiting the potential for floods in and around the Skibbereen area is absolutely essential. The public has been encouraged to contribute to the best way to progress with the development along the way, for which, I am sure, they are extremely grateful.
“Confirmation from the Minister that funding will be made available to complete the Scheme is most welcome. It will mean significant infrastructural investment for the Skibbereen area and its people and will reduce the potential for flood damage in the area into the future.”
“I am very pleased with today’s announcement. The primary aim of the Forest Roads Scheme is to provide funding for the construction of management and harvesting roads and other infrastructural works to facilitate timber harvesting. The Government’s priority is to achieve the best value from the funding available. This will bring employment opportunities in the construction industry to remote areas which are badly needed.