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Kerry County Councillors have criticised CFRAM plans for excluding areas prone to flooding.

Representatives from the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management programme gave a presentation to the Kerry County Council monthly meeting yesterday.

They listed measures aimed at preventing flooding in 10 areas, but said ones identified for Milltown and Glenflesk, areas subject to flooding, were deemed not cost-beneficial.

This CFRAM study began in 2011 with the aim of reducing and managing flood risk in Ireland.

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Representatives of the programme presented flood solutions to Kerry County Council yesterday, saying measures are proposed for Kenmare, Castleisland, Dingle, Listowel, Athea, Abbeydorney, Tralee, Banna, Ballylongford, and Tarbert Power Station.

However, while structural measures were identified for Milltown and Glenflesk, they’re not cost-beneficial; both of these areas have been subject to repeated flooding.

The CFRAM study also concluded that no viable structural measures were identified in Moneycashen outside Ballybunion.

Fianna Fáil Councillor Michael Cahill is extremely disappointed that areas including Rossbeigh, Cromane, and Killorglin, which regularly flood haven’t been included, but hopes they’ll be central to any new CFRAM study.

Councillor Michael Cahill

Independent Councillor Brendan Cronin claims the lack of river maintenance is resulting in flooding; and says it’s a basic requirement.