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A view of the sea defence at Clohaninchy, Quilty where the water surged and washed away the material between Lough Donnell and the sea. Photograph by John Kelly.

Council waits on landowners before progressing coastal works

COASTAL protection works in Quilty will progress when signed agreement from the parties is returned to Clare County Council, local councillors have been told. 

The matter was raised at the March meeting of the West Clare Municipal District by Councillor PJ Kelly who sought a report on the proposed works at Clohaninchy.

“For a parish like Kilmurry Ibrikane who are in the habit of winning, I’m disappointed this has taken so long,” Councillor Kelly said. “It is a longstanding problem.”

A written response to the motion came from Gráinne Reddan, Senior Executive Engineer (SEE) with the Project Management Office (PMO).

“To progress the Cloughaninchy Flood Relief Scheme, Clare County Council have been negotiating with landowners over the last number of years, which has proved very time-consuming,” the reply said.

“Landowner agreements were issued in February 2022 and Clare County Council await the return of signed agreements from all parties. Provided that Clare County Council receive signed agreements, Clare County Council will then be able to engage with the OPW regarding the necessary funding for the Detailed Design and Appointment of a Contractor.”

“Clare County Council continue to work and engage with the Cloughaninchy Action Group and we provide project updates regularly.” 

The reply added that members’ previous and ongoing assistance in this matter is appreciated and and that councillors would be kept informed of developments. 

Councillor Kelly noted that the data on which the works are to be based could be out of date.

“The figures are now six years old and will have to be revised,” he said. “We are hoping to get this job done once and for all.”

The motion was seconded by the district Cathaoirleach, Councillor Cillian Murphy. 

About Fiona McGarry

Fiona McGarry joined The Clare Champion as a reporter after a four-year stint as producer of Morning Focus on Clare FM. Prior to that she worked for various radio, print and online titles, including Newstalk, Maximum Media and The Tuam Herald. Fiona’s media career began in her native Mayo when she joined Midwest Radio. She is the maker of a number of radio documentaries, funded by the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland (BAI). She has also availed of the Simon Cumbers Media Fund to report on development issues supported by Irish Aid in Haiti. She won a Justice Media Award for a short radio series on the work of Bedford Row Project, which supports prisoners and families in the Mid-West. Fiona also teaches on the Journalism programmes at NUI Galway. If you have a story and would like to get in touch with Fiona you can email her at fmcgarry@clarechampion.ie or telephone 065 6864146.

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