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Minister Noel Ahern inspects the plans with contractor John Murphy of SIAC

Minister Signs Contract for Clonmel Flood Relief Scheme

The following article is taken from The Nationalist Newspaper April 2008

The contract for the Clonmel West phase of the Town’s €44 million. Flood Relief Scheme has been singed.

Last week Minister of State at the Department of Finance with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works. Noel Ahern TD visited Clonmel to sign a contact for the civil engineering works on the scheme. Speaking in Clonmel Borough Council offices. Minister Ahern said that various flood relief options had been considered for Clonmel over a period of time and together with their Consulting Engineers (Mott MacDonald Pettit), the flood relief scheme now proposed for Clonmel was brought to public exhibition in May 2005.

The scheme will be carried out in phases, Clonmel West, Clonmel North and Clonmel East with works on the Clonmel West scheme being carried out first.

Minister Ahern added – “Detailed planning and the public tendering for this phase took place in 2006/7 and now I’m delighted to be here today to sing a contract for the civil engineering aspect of the Clonmel West Flood Relief Scheme. The contract has been awarded to SIAC Construction Ltd. While the total project budget for the whole completed flood defence scheme for Clonmel is estimated at €44.3m and will provide a 3:1 benefit to cost ratio, the civil engineering contract for the Clonmel West phase is valued at €8.18m and the duration of the works will be 18 months”.

The Minister continued – “The scheme I am launching today will protect properties in Clonmel against a flood with a 1% probability of occurring in any given year. This is a high level of protection and is widely recognised by flooding authorities as the appropriate standard of protection for schemes of this nature, where it can be achieved.

Among the works to be carried out as part of this scheme will be flood walls, storm water drainage and a pumping station in the Church Lane area of Marlfield, flood walls and land drainage a the Presentation School on the Convent Road, flood walls and surface water draining to the North Quay, flood walls, surface water drainage and pumping stations to Grubb’s Quay, Stretches Island, the Green Lane/Bridge Street area and the Old Bridge Raheen Road area, flood walls and land drainage to the Auk Stream on the Dungarvan Road, flood walls along the Whitening Stream in Old Bridge and a new culvert for the Whitening Stream.