Councillors updated on Fermoy flood relief works

News that the Fermoy flood relief plan is on track for completion in 2014, was outlined at the recent Fermoy Electoral Area meeting.

The Fermoy flood relief project is on track for completion in 2014, with no major problems reported. (Photo: Declan Howard)

An update on the flood protection works was given to members of the Fermoy Electoral Area Committee of Cork County Council at their December meeting.

The project’s senior engineer, Ger Barry, briefed the members who welcomed the news that the scheme is on track, with no major setbacks reported. The engineer was asked and outlined when the works would stop for Christmas and recommence in the new year and they were advised a security presence would be maintained over the holiday period. They were also assured the area known as ‘The Triangular Field’ on the river bank on the north side of town would be returned to its previous standard with grass resown there.

The water main on the Courthouse Road, which services the community hospital, the SuperValu supermarket and other local businesses, was connected and fully commissioned with full pressure on it. “It’s working fine,” the engineer reported. The councillors thanked him for his report and commended him, the OPW and the contractor on their work.


When the works were discussed at the meeting of Fermoy Town Council later that evening though, Councillor Michael Hanley wasn’t impressed that two big display signs they’d been promised, to be located in prominent places on the sides of town centre buildings to show what the finished project would look like, hadn’t materialised. Cllr. Colette Dolan Moore agreed, saying the people of Fermoy want to know what it’s going to look like.

Cllr. Noel McCarthy again commended engineer Ger Barry, saying it was a difficult project but they had done a good job. Cllr. Seamus Coleman pointed out that there’s ongoing problems with parking, mentioning Ashe Quay in particular.