Canney Insists Shannon Flood Threat Will Be Taken Seriously

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The Minister with Responsibility for the OPW insists the state will take the threat of flooding seriously in the years ahead.

Minister Sean Canney has been speaking about plans to address flood risks here following the release of a CFRAMS study which identified the Shannon Airport as an area that could be affected by serious flooding in the future.

The Minister, and the Airport itself, is playing down this threat.


There have been warnings that Shannon Airport could be “swept away” in the case of a major flooding event there.

It’s among a number of areas here assessed by CFRAMS – others include Kilkee, Kilrush, Bunratty, Springfield and O’Briens Bridge- with a total of well over 40 million is needed for works.

Shannon Airport has confirmed they’re liaising with the OPW to address the potential risks there but Managing Director Andrew Murphy doesn’t believe there’s any imminent threat:

Minister Sean Canney has also played down the risks at Shannon, and insists works will be follow this comprehenive study.

Hundreds of millions are required throughout Ireland, and Minister Canney says efforts are now moving ahead to ensure measures are put in place over the next decade.