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O’Neill visits £1.5million Ballygawley flood alleviation scheme

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DARD Minister Michelle O'Neill examines the �1.5million flood alleviation scheme at Ballygawley. The Minister is joined by pupils from St Ciaran's College which benefitted from the Rivers Agency project.
Aidan Taggart, Principal of st Ciaran's College
James Kelly, Rivers Agency Project Manager 
Dylan McGee, head boy
Minister Michelle O'Neill
Senior prefects Ciara McCann and Ronan Nugent 
Photograph- Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

NO FEE Presseye.com DARD Minister Michelle O'Neill examines the �1.5million flood alleviation scheme at Ballygawley. The Minister is joined by pupils from St Ciaran's College which benefitted from the Rivers Agency project. Aidan Taggart, Principal of st Ciaran's College James Kelly, Rivers Agency Project Manager Dylan McGee, head boy Minister Michelle O'Neill Senior prefects Ciara McCann and Ronan Nugent Photograph- Stephen Hamilton/Presseye

MINISTER Michelle O’Neill has visited the £1.5million flood alleviation scheme for Ballygawley, which will provide enhanced protection to properties in the County Tyrone village.

Construction work, which started early this year, is expected to be completed within the next few months. The Scheme includes the construction of 1 kilometre of flood walls and flood banks at key locations along the Ballygawley River.

Minister O’Neill, who has responsibility for the Rivers Agency, said: “Construction of the Ballygawley Flood Alleviation Scheme is nearing completion and will provide improved protection against river flooding for many residents, business owners and St Ciaran’s College. In recent years, the area has experienced repeated flooding resulting from heavy and prolonged rainfall, and this project will bring relief to the college authorities, residents and property owners.”

As well as the enhanced flood protection work, Rivers Agency has worked in partnership with DRD Roads Service and NI Water to replace the Tullybryan Road Bridge, a culvert on nearby Richmond Lane and to upgrade storm sewers adjacent to the river.

The Minister added: “In conjunction with DCAL Inland Fisheries, substantial fisheries enhancements are being implemented as an integral part of the Flood Alleviation Scheme. Measures have also been put in place to minimise the impact of the works on the environment and local communities.”

 

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