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€9.7m contract signed for Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme

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*Back Row L-R: Jonathan Reid, Ryan Hanley Consultants and Maurice Buckley, Chairman of the OPW. Front Row L-R: Michael Mannion, Ward & Burke Contractors; Cllr Michael Begley, Mayor of Clare; and Carmel Kirby, Director of Physical Development, Clare County Council.

A contract for the Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme has been signed.

Clare County Council signed the €9.7m contract with Ward & Burke Construction Ltd. for the construction of the River Fergus (Ennis South) Flood Relief Scheme. It represents the final phase of flood defence works throughout the town and includes the townlands of Clonroadmore, Ballybeg and Clareabbey.

Works to be undertaken include the upgrade of the existing flood defence embankment between the Quin Road and the N85 Clareabbey Bridge at Clareabbey and separate flood overflow culverts from St. Flannans Stream and Ballybeg Stream to the Clareabbey flood plain Construction work is expected to begin in late April and will last approximately 27 months (until late 2021).

Mayor of Clare, Councillor Michael Begley, stated, “Works completed on the Ennis Flood Relief Scheme since the serious flooding of 2009 have demonstrated that the town is better protected from flooding during severe weather events. The completion of the Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme will protect businesses and homes in the remaining flood prone areas of Clonroadmore, Ballybeg and Clareabbey.”

Mayor of Ennis, Councillor Clare Colleran Molloy, commented, “This news will be very much welcomed by the owners of residential and commercial properties in relevant areas, as well as the students and teachers of St Flannans College Secondary School. I look forward to work progressing on this project later next month.”

Carmel Kirby, Director of Physical Development, Clare County Council, said that works completed under the Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme will “significantly reduce the risk of flooding” in the St Flannan’s College, Ballybeg and Tobertaoscain areas of Ennis, which experienced serious flooding following heavy rains in November 2009.

Newmarket-on-Fergus native, Páraic McMahon is a freelance journalist and broadcaster currently working for numerous national and local publications including The Clare Echo, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Independent, The Irish Times, RTÉ, TheJournal.ie, The42.ie. A graduate of Mary Immaculate College, Páraic was previously employed by The Clare Herald and Clare FM. If you have a story, tip or some feedback for him then send an email to - paraic@clareecho.ie

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