Flood relief works have commenced at Lough Funshinagh this week following the recent decision to install an overflow pipe in order to protect homes and farmland at Ballagh in south Roscommon.
Following a visit last week to Cootehall to view the newly opened John McGahern Museum, Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works Patrick O’Donovan, confirmed that he would visit Lough Funshinagh today (Thursday).
“Lough Funshinagh is one issue that has been lingering around for a long time. One of the first things I did upon taking office was to write to the CEO of Roscommon County Council Eugene Cummins to clear up any ambiguity in terms of ‘legal line of sight’ when it came to works. I made it clear that he was the legal agent with responsibility.
“I also made it very clear that we would support Roscommon County Council and we took the initiative to remove any uncertainty around cost benefit analysis.
“I want to pay tribute to Eugene Cummins… a lot of work has been going on behind the scenes in recent months. This is a Roscommon County Council led project and the CEO has the full support of the OPW to do what he wants to do,” he said.
The Minister of State accused some politicians of turning the Lough Funshinagh flooding into a “political football” but said that the local authority would be supported with “plant and machinery, human resources and finances” as work progresses.