Thursday, July 09, 2009

Statement from Cllr Aodhan O Riordain
Thursday July 9th 2009

Labour Councillor for the Contarf Ward Cllr Aodhan O Riordain has welcomed the commitment given at last nights public meeting in Donnycarney for residents affected by recent flooding problems that funding for any structural words is 'not an issue'. The commitment was given by government representatives at the meeting.

'It is clear that the solution to the flooding problem, as outlined in the City Council report in March '09, is a major upgrading of the River Wad culvert which could cost anywhere in the region of €4million to €6million. The commitment to funding of the project is certainly welcome. However the houses in the area are currently worthless as house insurers have withdrawn cover in some cases, and no resident can sell their properties while this situation persists. These works must be undertaken immediately' Cllr O Riordain stated.

I am calling on the City Council and the OPW, who have agreed to meet on July 29th. to give a commitment that representations will be made to the Insurance Federation outlining the corrective works that are to be undertaken. We cannot allow this flood threat to persist and to act as a life sentence for the residents of Donnycarney.' Cllr O Riordain continued.

'It is also crucial that all agencies, including public representatives, commit to an ongoing process of meetings in order to ensure that this issue does not go away until it is finally resolved. If the flooding concerns of Drumcondra can be alleviated, then Donnycarney should be no different.' O Riordain concluded.