Roscommon IFA Chairman Jim O’Connor has welcomed the announcement today by Eugene Cummins, CEO of Roscommon Council, that he has signed an order to enable works to recommence on the emergency overflow pipe in Lough Funshinagh.
“It was a huge relief when these works were announced in May, and there was great upset amongst residents and farmers when it was delayed in August. These are the people whose homes and livelihoods are at risk without this work.”
Flooding in this area has been an issue over the last number of years. However, the situation worsened radically during the previous 12 months when water levels surpassed those in living memory. Many of the 44 farmers with land adjacent to the Lough had their property threatened and farm payments cut due to rising water levels,” he said.
“We are pleased that this work will now resume and urge the Council to ensure every effort is made to complete it as soon as possible,” he said.