Flood relief to restart Lough Funshinagh in Roscommon

‘Work will comply with High Court order’

Sligo News File

Roscommon County Council’s decision to recommence flood relief at Lough Funshinagh will be welcomed by the local community.

Funshinagh is a turlough or disappearing lake which owing to not draining rapidly over the last few years has caused widespread flooding of surrounding homes and lands.

The issue was recently raised in the Dail by Sinn Fein TD Clare Kirrane when she hit out about the threatened state of the area. She told the Taoiseach that the flooding, an ongoing occurrence, was having a devastating effect on homes and lands in the vicinity of the lough, an SAC designated turlough. She said 600 hectares – about 1500 acres – of the farmlands lands were under water.

However, remedial work subsequently undertaken by the county council had to be suspended when the High Court in August granted an order directing an immediate stop to work following complaints that it breached environmental legislation.

But The Irish Times reports that now in a statement to them, the council has confirmed it “remains focussed” on “completing a solution to the flooding emergency at Lough Funshinagh”.

It states that the council has said that since the since the High Court challenge, which was taken by Friends of the Irish Environment (FIE), it had retained consultants to advise on how it “may lawfully carry out an emergency solution development without approval from An Bord Pleanála, or any other third party.”

The report adds that the council’s chief executive has said the works would be in compliance with the High Court order and costs of the legal challenge would be borne by the local authority.