Transport and Flooding Ministers to visit communities in Donegal tonight

Donegal TD and Minister Joe McHugh has confirmed that two Ministers will now visit the flood-stricken Inishowen peninsula tonight.

Minister for Flooding Kevin Boxer Moran was due but Deputy McHugh says the Minister for Transport Shane Ross will now also join him in light of the very serious flooding that has devastated the area.

Homes, businesses, roads and other infrastructure have been destroyed following the freak rain storms.

Speaking to Ocean FM this evening (5:30pm), Donegal Minister Joe McHugh confirmed that Minister Ross will now also come to see first hand the impact.

He has outlined the latest update:

Caroline Hargan is the Manager of Simpson’s Bar and Restaurant in Carndonagh which was totally flooded after the river burst it’s banks.

She says people were caught by surprise and the whole town is devastated:

She says a number of cars from a local garage could be seen flowing down the river:

Latest Update from Donegal County Council:

23/08/2017 at 6.30pm 

Further Update on Road Conditions & Exceptional Needs Payment

Donegal County Council is continuing to assess the impact of yesterday’s heavy rainfall on roads in Donegal and can confirm the following road updates for the Inishowen area:

R239 Muff to Quigley’s Point road will remain closed overnight to allow for further remedial works due to extensive damage.

Clashygowan Road in St. Johnston – from Rankins towards McGills – closed.

R238 Cockhill – Debris Removal & Assessment – Reopened 

R244 Craignahorna – Masonary Arch Collapse – Projected open to traffic not feasible in the short term , local diversions in place

R240 Riverside – Concrete Structure Collapse – Projected open to traffic not feasible in the short term , local diversions in place

R238Gortaran – Debris Removal, assessment & parapet replacement –  Reopened.


Donegal County Council asks that anyone travelling on any roads exercises due care and attention due to the scale of damage from the floods last night to the areas in North Donegal. There is ongoing assessment in the areas affected by the flooding.