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“€129 thousand secured for Tipperary flood defence projects,” McGrath

Independent TD Mattie McGrath has welcomed the approval of €129,600 for three flood prevention and relief projects in County Tipperary. The project grants for Cloughcarrigeen Estate in Kilsheelan, Ballinahalla in Clogheen and Newcastle range from 21 to 63 thousand euro. The funding follows a successful visit to the county by Minister of State at the OPW Sean Canney who came at the request of Deputy McGrath:

“I am delighted that funding will now be made available to Tipperary County Council to move these projects forward, each of which are urgently required.

Kilsheelan is set to receive €63,000, Clogheen will receive €45,000 and Newcastle €21,600.

I want to acknowledge in particular the partnership and commitment demonstrated by all involved in securing this funding, including the work of Rory O'Callaghan and Paddy Crotty of Tipperary County Council, the local businesses community and community/voluntary groups.

I was also assured by Minister Canney that while he is anxious to support the flood prevention work in Ardfinnan he is currently precluded from doing so until the public consultation is complete.

Needless to say however, I will be in constant contact with the Minister once that consultation is over in order to escalate funding to Ardfinnan.

The task now is to continue to work hard to ensure that local communities are in the best possible defensive position when the next severe weather event arises, something which I am completely committed to achieving,” concluded Deputy McGrath.