24 June 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

By Veronica Corr

November 30th is the deadline by which all monies drawn down for flood alleviation works on the Ballybay/Clones Road (R162/R190) must be spent, a public meeting heard last Thursday evening.

There was a large attendance at the Wetlands Centre, Ballybay, as locals proved very interested in what Monaghan County Council had planned for the road, which had been seriously affected by flooding in recent years.

The meeting was organised following a proposal by Fine Gael Councillor Ciara McPhillips, seconded by party colleague Sean Gilliland and Independent Hughie McElvaney.

Fianna Fáil’s Seamus Coyle and Sinn Féin’s Pat Treanor were also in attendance, while his party colleague Cllr. Cathy Bennett sent her apologies.
Cathaoirleach Hughie McElvaney, who kept things moving at a good pace, chaired the meeting. He began by saying:
“From I came on Monaghan County Council, this has been the bane of our lives. But the one man I want to give credit to here tonight is Councillor Coyle, because from he came on the council he has been on about people being marooned because of a few showers of rain.

“At long last, €1.9 million has been allocated by the Government to do something with this,” he added.

He encouraged people to ask questions so that they could leave feeling satisfied that the County Council was going to solve the flooding problem.
Officials in attendance included Kevin McNally, Ballybay/Clones Municipal District Co-ordinator; Kieran Duffy, Senior Roads Engineer; Colin Murphy, Assistant Road Engineer and Overseers Michael Leonard and Colm Lynch.

Peter Coyle from FJ Coyle & Associates, the Monaghan Town-based firm that won the tender, gave a brief …

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