St Mary’s Park residents looking for better flood defences in Limerick

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival Print Local St Mary’s Park residents’ representative John Hourigan with Cllr Maurice Quinlivan(pic: Keith Wiseman)OVER a thousand residents in Limerick’s St Mary’s Parish have signed a petition calling for new flood defences along the nearby riverbank, claiming the “patch up job” they currently have is totally ineffective.The petition was organised by local men Richard Lyons and John Hourigan, who claim that millions of euros have been wasted patching the banks of the Shannon without any success. So far, 1,057 residents in St Mary’s Park have signed the petition calling on Limerick City and County Council to take immediate action in remedying the issue.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Mr Hourigan, who has lived in St Mary’s Parish for over 40 years, told the Limerick Post that families are living in fear of having their homes flooded again. He said residents want proper concrete barrier flood defences and insists that the sandbags and earth filling currently in place, are inadequate.“Tonnes of earth have been washed away. It’s a complete waste of time. Sandbags and earth filling won’t keep the water out and people are scared of their lives of more flooding,” said Mr Hourigan.“The job still hasn’t been done right after the floods earlier this year. When we get onto the Council they just fob us off and say they are looking after it. We want the job done properly,” he insists.Residents in St Mary’s Parish believe the riverbank will be breached again and are fearful they will be faced with another nightmare situation like in February of this year when their homes were left under several feet of river water.“Four times the riverbank has been patched up already. I believe without a shadow of a doubt the river will flood again. The riverbank is a fantastic facility, I’ve seen world champion athlete Paula Radcliffe running out there, and it deserves the job done right,” Mr Hourigan concluded.According to a spokesperson for Limerick City and County Council, the local authority continues to monitor the flood embankment in St Mary’s Park and in particular the section of embankment that failed on February 1 last.In a statement to the Limerick Post this week, the Council said, “Movement and settlement of this embankment continues and Limerick City and County Council has a contractor on site dealing with these matters as they arise. Temporary re-reinforcement and stabilisation works continue to be carried out on this section of the riverside embankment to prevent flooding.”Limerick City and County Council has made an application to Government for funding for permanent flood defence work in St Mary’s Park and is currently awaiting a decision.“The Council has been requested to remove a limited number of temporary sandbags on Verdant Place for the Summer and will arrange to do so over the coming days,” said a Council spokesperson. WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NewsLocal NewsSt Mary’s Park residents looking for better flood defences in LimerickBy Alan Jacques – June 12, 2014 859 WhatsApp Twitter TAGSfloodinglimerickLimerick City and County CouncilSt Mary’s park Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed livecenter_img Previous articleUrban Horse herd on the moveNext articleNew Limerick councillors show their word is good Alan Jacques Advertisement Vanishing Ireland podcast documenting interviews with people over 70’s, looking for volunteers to share their stories Limerick Artist ‘Willzee’ releases new Music Video – “A Dream of Peace” Facebook Linkedin Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live Emaillast_img read more