Fianna Fáil TD for Waterford, Mary Butler TD has said that the meeting organised last week in Leinster House for a number of farmers from West Waterford affected by flooding with the Minister for the OPW, and with responsibility for flood relief, Sean Canney TD, was positive.

“Minister Canney was very supportive of our requests for greater support to stop this level of flooding happening again in the future. While the OPW would not agree to dredge the River Blackwater, they did inform me of a variety of schemes that Waterford City and County Council can apply for to help alleviate the issues causing the flooding.

“I will be following this up with the CEO of the City and County Council, and will ensure that whatever supports are available are obtained as quickly as possible. It was great to have first-hand witnesses to the devastation caused by the floods in 2015,” said Deputy Butler.