Minister Kevin “Boxer” Moran T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief is in Kerry today to meet with elected representatives and to view a number of areas in the county which have experienced flooding and coastal erosion issues.
At a meeting this morning in Tralee with the elected members and officials of Kerry County Council, the Minister discussed a number of issues, including flooding, coastal protection and heritage matters. The Minister is also visiting a number of locations in the county, including Glenflesk, Fenit and Rossbeigh, to see at first hand the effects of flooding and coastal erosion on these areas.
The Minister said, “I am delighted to be here is Kerry today to meet with local elected representatives and to discuss with them their concerns and how my Office can play a role in addressing these issues. My Office recently completed a review of the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme which includes many improvements to the criteria of the Scheme. The Minor Works Scheme provides funding to local authorities to undertake minor flood mitigation works or studies to address localised river flooding and coastal protection problems within their administrative areas. The Scheme generally applies where a solution can be readily identified and achieved in a short time frame. We all know that sometimes, small works can reap important benefits for local communities and I look forward to the continued engagement of Kerry County Council with my Office on this valuable Scheme”.
Minister Moran will also be visiting Derrynane House tomorrow morning to see the ancestral home of Daniel O’Connell, lawyer, politician and statesman. Derrynane House was one of the seven OPW sites that was awarded the Green Flag for 2017. The Green Flag Awards recognise and encourage the provision of good quality parks and green spaces that are managed in environmentally sustainable ways. The awards are marked on eight criteria, including horticultural standards, cleanliness, sustainability and community involvement.
At a ceremony in Derrynane House tomorrow, Minister Moran will be presenting the recently awarded Green Flag to the staff of the House.