Minister for OPW and flood relief Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran met with Wicklow County Council and local TDs to assess the urgent need for repair to Wicklow’s coastal areas.
Moran visited The Murrough in Wicklow Town and Arklow’s North beach to see the damage first hand and discuss with local representatives the actions that need to be taken.
Wicklow County Council commissioned a report last year on the condition of flood protection measures. The report identified increasing problems in the North Beach defences at Arklow, and the Murrough at Wicklow Town.
Since then, three applications for repairs made by the Council have been unsuccessful.
Local TDs including Pat Casey, Andrew Doyle, John Brady, and Stephen Donnelly were present with Moran today. Fianna Fáil TD Pat Casey believes Moran has taken this issue seriously and his visit today is a clear signal that both towns have a substantial case for significant upgrades to their coastal defences”.
Casey continued “There is cross-party political agreement in Wicklow on the need for both towns to be upgraded and the public expenditure involved would represent value for money as both Wicklow and Arklow are important urban areas with significant infrastructure that needs protection”.
All parties are now hopeful that Minister Moran will now be able to seek the support that he needs from his colleagues in Government.