Louth Cllr welcomes funding for Flurry River and Bellurgan Embankment

Flood funding will "protect vulnerable" - Watters

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SINN Féin Councillor Antóin Watters has welcomed the announcement that Dundalk and the North Louth area is set to receive funding to help improve its flood defences.

Cllr Watters who replaced Jim Loughran last year said it will ensure that people who are vulnerable get the protection that is needed.

"This is great news for our area. I was eager to continue the work done by Cllr Jim Loughran and Gerry Adams TD. Jim Loughran and I visited homes last year affected by flooding and saw first-hand the impact it had," said Cllr Watters.

“We have made numerous representations to Louth County Council to address the issues at the Flurry River and Bellurgan Enbankment. Over the past year I have raised it with Council Engineers at meetings to ensure it wasn’t forgotten.”

Louth Sinn Féin TD Gerry Adams also made a submission last year to the CFRAM draft Flood Risk Management Plan urging the inclusion of parts of his Louth constituency which were omitted, including Bellurgan and Flurry River.

Mr Adams urged the OPW to take on board the views of local people, who have the greatest appreciation and insight into how the flood waters might be effectively redirected and alleviated.

“I will continue to work on this issue along with the Sinn Féin team in the North Louth area to ensure people don't have to experience the same scenario as previous years,” said Mr Watters.