Sinn Féin TD for Wicklow/East Carlow John Brady has welcomed the completion of flood protection works at the Dargle River in Bray.
Speaking after an official visit by the Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran to view the works carried out, Teachta Brady said:
“The people of Bray have been calling for flood protection works to be carried out on the Dargle River since 1986 when Bray was devastated by Hurricane Charley. While, these works were long overdue, I welcome their completion today.
“I have stood with the community of Little Bray on ensuring that their community is protected from any further risks of flooding. I want to commend the local community group SWAP for keeping the issue of the floodplain at the Dargle River to the fore. These works would not have been delivered without their determination and work on consistently highlighting the issue.
“While, this substantial investment in Bray is welcome, the campaign continues to keep the floodplain adjacent to the Dargle River free from development. I have brought this issue to the attention of the Minister of State, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran today and I have given him a letter on the matter.
“The completion of the flood protection works is a welcome development but we cannot jeopardise these works by allowing the construction of high density buildings on the floodplain. This development can easily go ahead on the higher grounds of the old golf course lands.”