Go-ahead for Shannon dredging could open dredging-option for other rivers

A west of Ireland TD says Friday’s announcement by Minister Sean Canney that dredging work can now start on the Shannon will have implications for all rivers that are flooding.

The Minister confirmed on Friday that strategic maintenance works will be carried out on the River Shannon.

It means that dredging will start at key points along the river which are clutter with trees and other growth.

The work is expected to start next summer.

Roscommon-Galway TD Michael Fitzmaurice says the decision finally means the Flood Risk Assessment Committee has seen the merit in dredging – something he and many farmers have been calling for for years.

Speaking to Ocean FM News today, the Independent TD said it now opens the possibility of dredging on other rivers: