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Taoiseach must now accept need for Shannon Authority – Adams

5 January, 2016 - by Gerry Adams

Sinn Féin President Gerry Adams TD has this morning repeated his calls for a single authority to be given ultimate responsibility for the River Shannon.

Deputy Adams was responding to an Taoiseach Enda Kenny chairing a meeting of the various agencies with responsibilities in respect of the Shannon region today, including the ESB, Bord na Mona, the National Park and Wildlife Service and Waterways Ireland.

Teachta Adams said:

“In the Dáil before Christmas, I called on the Taoiseach directly to ensure that a single agency is empowered with responsibility for management of the River Shannon.

“The Government has consistently failed to deal with the issue of flooding in a strategic and co-ordinated fashion and, as a result, we have seeing a repeat of very serious problems witnessed in the past.

“The majority of the consistent and repeated flooding we have seen in recent years has been in the Shannon region. The fact that there exists no single agency responsible for management of the river and to co-ordinate the response to flooding in the region is frankly bizarre.

“The Taoiseach rejected my proposal before Christmas but gave no logical rationale. The fact that he is chairing a meeting of the various agencies with responsibility for the Shannon today clearly demonstrates that a co-ordinating body is required to ensure an adequate response to flooding and to prevent flooding in the future. The Taoiseach must now accept that fact."

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