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Clohaninchy coastal works could be ‘years’ away

One of the communities worst hit in the January and February storms may have to wait years for permanent coastal protection works, it emerged this week. Clare County Council estimated in February that coastal protection works at Clohaninchy, near Quilty, would cost in the region of €4.7 million, the second highest cost of “remedial works” in an individual area in the county after Lahinch (€6.064m). This week, the Clohaninchy Action Committee received a letter from the office of the Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works saying a new coastal protection project is not eligible for funding because money made available was for “repair” of damaged coastal protection infrastructure. The letter was in response to an email from committee chairman Michael Neenan to then Minister Brian Hayes, on May 14, reminding him of his visit to the area in January and requesting “favourable consideration” for funding for a structure to permanently protect homes and properties from future …

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