Minister Kevin Moran meets local Liaison Group to address Coastal Erosion in Portrane

January 26, 2018 0

Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, Mr Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, TD, visited Portrane to meet with local residents concerned about coastal erosion and flooding in their area on Friday January 26. The Minister and senior officials from the OPW met with Fingal County Council Chief Executive Paul Reid as well as senior staff from the Council’s Planning Department.

During the visit, the Minister expressed his Department’s support of the approach adopted by Fingal County Council to deal with the very difficult and complex problems of coastal erosion and flooding in the area.

Fingal County Council Chief Executive Paul Reid welcomed the Minister’s visit and said: “The Fingal Coastal Liaison Group comprises Elected Councillors and Community Representatives from Fingal’s coastal areas. We have worked closely with them to devise a targeted plan to address coastal flooding concerns around Portrane and Rush. Fingal County Council has also helped sponsor a national audit of policies and practices in use among the nineteen coastal authorities in the state relating to coastal erosion. This audit will help to inform future national policy in this area. I’m delighted to meet Minister Moran here today and welcome his support.”

While visiting Portrane, Minister Moran met with residents including members of the Fingal Coastal Liaison Group as well as several local representatives.

Raymond Brett of the Liaison Group explained the concerns of the residents particularly around the issue of erosion and emphasised the urgent need for coherent national policies and initiatives to assist the Council and other agencies to deal with coastal erosion.

Welcoming the Minister’s visit, Mayor of Fingal Cllr Mary McCamley said: “Fingal’s coastline is hugely important to its residents as well as those who visit from other areas. The Minister’s visit is significant as it helps to raise awareness of the problems caused by coastal erosion. It also assists Fingal County Council and the Liaison Group in their efforts to adopt a policy to resolve the issue and I look forward to seeing the progress that will be made.”