There’s a call for community groups to be funded to undertake research on projects affecting their locality.
That’s according to Listowel Municipal District councillor Aoife Thornton, who’s also a member of the Local Cashen Drainage Group.
The OPW has a plan to install 16 pumping stations to deal with flooding and increased water
levels in the Feale OPW Arterial Drainage Scheme, which has close to 700 houses within its catchment area in North Kerry.
An updated Natura Impact Statement on this Proposed Cashen Estuary Pump Infrastructure is expected to go out on public consultation by the end of June or early July, and a decision should be made by the end of September.
The Local Cashen Drainage Group has worked with the OPW over the years, appealing for a solution to manage flooding and drainage, making suggestions on how to rectify the problems.
Councillor Aoife Thornton feels such community groups should get funding to undertake their work, like non-governmental environmental organisations do.