OPW yet to confirm funds for coastal protection works in mid Kerry

People affected by flooding in mid Kerry have yet to find out if funding will be provided for coastal protection works.

Cllr Michael Cahill is calling on Kerry County Council and the OPW to protect family homes in Glenbeigh and Cromane from tidal flooding.

Cllr Michael Cahill wants to see the seawall and embankment at Cromane Lower raised and strengthened, and a new embankment close to effected homes at Incharea, Glenbeigh.

The council says it has applied to the OPW for funding for flood works at Incharea under the Non Coastal Minor Works Programme, but to date no funding has been made available.

They say they’re collating and monitoring areas considered at risk of coastal erosion, in particular where there’s a risk of damage to homes and public infrastructure.

They say the proposed raising of the seawall and embankment can only be considered as part of a larger Coastal Erosion Risk Management study for the greater Cromane area.

The OPW has indicated they’ve very limited funding, and it’s unlikely to be provided without detailed studies.

The council intends to engage with the OPW and seek funding by mid-2017 for some studies.