€1.9 MILLION FOR BALLYBAY-COOTEHILL ROAD FLOOD RELIEF WORKS WELCOMED

10 June 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By MICHAEL McDONNELL
michael@northern-standard.ie

A PUBLIC information meeting to outline proposals of works to be carried out by Monaghan Co Council on the Ballybay-Cootehill Road (R162/R190) takes place in the Wetlands Centre, Ballybay tonight (Thursday) at 7.30pm sharp — and local Municipal District member Seamus Coyle is encouraging everyone with an interest to attend.
Monaghan Co Council has recently been awarded €5 million for infrastructure repairs resulting from severe weather damage due to flooding in November, December and January last. Of that, a substantial €2.3 million has been allocated to the Ballybay-Clones Municipal District, and €1.9 million of this is being set aside for flood relief works on the road between Ballybay and Cootehill.
Areas that have regularly been hit by flooding include the sections of the R190 at Cumry, Keenoughbane and Anny as well as ‘The Powerhouse’ area in Corrybrennan, adjacent to the Shercock Road junction.
During the recent flooding incidents, and indeed on previous occasions, Cllr Coyle had been to the fore in highlighting the complaints from local residents about being effectively “marooned” in their homes and farms.
Local taxi driver and retired garda, Martin Gleeson, who lives at Keenoughbane, had complained to the Northern Standard last December that this was the fifth occasion in eight years that he was unable to access his home because of flooding, adding that it was effectively preventing him from carrying out his taxi work.
Cllr Coyle, who has spearheaded the campaign for alleviation works has welcomed the substantial funding allocations and is calling on everyone to attend tonight’s meeting.
While being loud in his praise for the Co Council officials who gathered the …
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