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Minister visits flood defences at Culmore

Minister Michelle O'Neill pictured visiting Culmore to view the flood defences. Included, are Councillors Tony Hasson, Sandra Duffy, Alderman Maurice Devenney, Kieran Mullan and Sean O'Neill, Rivers Agency  and residents, John Clarke and Matt Stewart. DER1214SL012

Minister Michelle O'Neill pictured visiting Culmore to view the flood defences. Included, are Councillors Tony Hasson, Sandra Duffy, Alderman Maurice Devenney, Kieran Mullan and Sean O'Neill, Rivers Agency and residents, John Clarke and Matt Stewart. DER1214SL012

Agriculture Minister Michelle O’Neill visited Derry last week to examine flood defences in the Culmore area of the city.

The minister, accompanied by Sinn Féin councillor Tony Hassan and DUP alderman Maurice Devenney, met residents at Culmore Point to find out about their experiences during the recent flooding incidents.

Officials from Roads Service, Rivers Agency and Derry City Council also attended the site meeting.

Colr. Hassan said it was a useful visit and thanked the minister for coming to the area.

“While not all of the issues relating to flooding fall under the minister’s remit, Minister O’Neill did acknowledge that some of the agencies who have responsibility for flooding related issues are part of her department.

“The minister looked at areas where work has been carried out and others where additional work, such as resurfacing work to repair the damage caused by the recent high water, is needed,” he said.

Colr. Hassan also said the issue of resurfacing was discussed at a special meeting of Derry City Council. “At the meeting, which was attended by all of the agencies involved, I proposed that addressing the flooding issues in Culmore should be a Council driven operation with a cocktail of funding from another agencies. My proposal was seconded by Colr. Jimmy Carr and was supported by Council,” 
he said.

 

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