Minister Kevin Boxer Moran

  • The Minister with Responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Kevin Boxer Moran is in due in Crossmolina this noon time (Friday) to meet with representatives from the local Flood Group

    The community has become frustrated with the delays that have persisted in the delivery of permanent flood defences for the area.

    A commitment was given by the OPW last October that contractors would be appointed by this summer 2019 and an Environmental Impact Assessment report was completed last May.

    There was welcome news for Crossmolina in the 2020 budget announced earlier this week, in that the funding for the permanent flood defences has been included in the government’s capital programme for next year.

    Local Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin says the development is very welcome and insists the people of Crossmolina need to see action on this issue quickly.

  • The Minister with responsibility for the OPW Kevin Boxer Moran has been invited to visit Ballymote Castle in Co Sligo, to explain why public access to the castle has been restricted over the past year.

    Ballymote Castle was built around 1300 and is one of the last Norman castles built in Connacht.

    Sligo Fianna Fail Councillor Keith Henry says a number of areas of the castle are closed off, due to safety concerns, and permission to enter is required in advance by emailing the OPW, which he claims is a backward step.

    Councillor Henry, who's a History teacher, says the castle is a great public amenity for locals and visitors, and should be fully re-opened to the public.

    He's awaiting a response to his invitation to Minister Moran to visit the castle

  • Minister Kevin Boxer Moran was in Crossmolina this afternoon, to launch the public exhibition for the River Deel drainage scheme.

    Crossmolina has a long history of flooding, with the most significant floods occurring in October 1989, December 2006 and again in December 2015.

    Speaking in Crossmolina this afternoon, Minister Moran said the residents of the town have seen at first hand the devastation and loss that flooding can cause to people and their property and have waited too long for a flood relief scheme.

    The proposed design for the Crossmolina scheme, which will see an investment of €13.5 million in the town and will provide flood protection for 116 properties, will be on public exhibition at the Town Hall until 22nd June.

    Members of the public and interested stakeholders are invited to make submissions on the scheme before it moves to the next stage of the planning process.

    Speaking with Midwest Radio, Minister Kevin Boxer Moran said it’s a special day for the people of Crossmolina.