Bandon traders to protest in Dublin about flood defences

Traders from Bandon, Co Cork, are to protest in Dublin in the coming days about inadequate flood defences for the town.

Business owners, counting the cost of the recent poor weather, have hit out at government measures for flooding.

Traders and locals joined the clean-up operation in recent days, but, after multiple floods since December, they are tired of waiting for action. Sixty businesses in Bandon have signed a petition threatening to withhold payment of local authority rates from June 1, if flood-protection works have not begun by that date.

Gillian Powell of Bandon Flood Group
Gillian Powell of Bandon Flood Group

The majority of signatories are part of the newly-formed Bandon Business Alliance Group. Gillian Powell, from the Bandon Floods Committee, says it’s time to take a stand.

“We will be asking people all over the country to support us. That’s it. We have had enough. We are in this together. We are making our presence felt. People have to do something now. We don’t want words anymore. We want people doing something.”

Meanwhile, many areas around Co Cork remain underwater, following Storm Frank. Several homes in Midleton and Mallow remain uninhabitable, as residents attempt to clear up the damage.

With the N25 Cork-Waterford Road, between Killeagh and Castlemartyr, still impassable, gardai published road diversions, which came into force at 9pm last night.

All Waterford-to-Cork traffic is urged to use the N24 Waterford-to-Cahir Road, and then the M8/N8 route to Cork. All Dungarvan/Youghal-to-Cork HGV traffic is being diverted at Rincrew roundabout, via Tallow, and onto the N72 to Fermoy, and then onto the N8/M8 to Cork.

All Cork-to-Waterford traffic is urged to use the N8 /M8 Cork-to-Dublin Rd and turn off at Cahir, then onto the N24 to Waterford.

All Cork-to-Youghal/Dungarvan traffic is urged to travel via the N8/M8 to Fermoy, and then the N72 and R634 to Youghal.

All Midleton HGV traffic travelling in the Waterford direction should go to the Jack Lynch Tunnel and then onto the N8/M8 to Fermoy, and then onto Waterford/Dungarvan/Youghal.

Irish Water said a precautionary boil-water notice, for 10,000 homes in Cork, would remain in place for the coming days.

The areas affected are: Midleton south-east, Ballynacorra, Cloyne, Aghada, Whitegate, Ballycotton, Churchstown, Trabolgan and surrounding rural areas.

Meanwhile, several families who left their homes late on Saturday night, when part of the Kilganey area, outside Clonmel, was evacuated because of the ever-rising flood waters, were yesterday advised it was safe to return to their houses.

With improved weather, “the immediate, high-flooding risk has abated,” the council said.

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