Combating risk of erosion at Seaview, Co. Wexford

Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Mr. Patrick O’Donovan, T.D., yesterday announced the approval of Wexford County Council’s application under the Office of Public Works’ Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme.

Under the scheme, the Office of Public Works (OPW) has approved funding of €367,740 for the installation of rock armour cliff toe protection to help combat the risk of erosion at Seaview, Kilmore, Co. Wexford.

“The OPW’s Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme offers important support to local authorities to carry out necessary flood mitigation works and improvements,” said O’Donovan.

“I am pleased these works will proceed without delay and will help to protect the cliff frontage immediately adjacent to the access road to 14 properties at immediate risk of erosion in Seaview, Kilmore.”

“County Wexford’s extensive sandy coastline is highly vulnerable to erosion. Over the past number of years Wexford County Council has developed a coastal protection scheme at Seaview, Kilmore to manage the risk of coastal erosion to 14 properties and their access road,” added Tom Enright, Chief Executive of Wexford County Council.

“Wexford County Council appreciates the assistance and funding provided by the Office of Public Works. Today’s funding announcement will see the construction of emergency works to protect a number of properties and a section of the access road which is at immediate risk of erosion.”

“The emergency works will form part of the overall coastal protection scheme which is progressing under funds announced by the Office of Public Works in April 2021.”

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