Almost €200k approved for flood defences in Leenaun

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galway daily news Leenaun village received some good news today, with funding approved for flood defences in the Connemara village, which has a history of flooding.

Leenaun village received some good news today, with funding approved for flood defences in the Connemara village, which has a history of flooding.

Minister of State Patrick O’Donovan announced today that the OPW has approved Galway County Council’s request for €198,000 to build flood defence walls.

“I am delighted to announce that the OPW will provide funding to Galway County Council in support of their coastal project application for Leenaun,” Minister O’Donovan said.

“I know the issues caused by flooding only too well and I hope that these mitigation works will provide the local community in that area protection and peace of mind in future.”

The funding was approved under the Office of Public Works’ Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme.

The village on Killary Fjord has been flooded on multiple occasions in recent years. Once dramatic incident in 2007 saw the century old bridge over Lahill river swept away following torrential rain.

Galway Senator Seán Kyne said that the funding approved this week will be used to protect weak spots near the hotel just outside the village, and between the bridge and carpark in the village centre.