Concern That Children’s Hospital Overspend Will Delay Clonlara Flood Protection Works

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Concern is being expressed in South East Clare that a major flood protection project may be put on the long finger because of the overrun in the National Children’s Hospital.

Funding to the tune of €1.4 million has been ringfenced by the OPW for works at Springfield, Clonlara – but the OPW’s budget is to be slashed by €3 million to make up the costs for the controversial hospital.

The government says projects will be delayed, rather than cancelled, and the OPW says it’ll undertake a review to determine which projects will be affected.


The Council is awaiting an update later this month as to the future of the project in Springfield.

Local resident Gerardine Quinlivan says the OPW’s budget cut is alarming but it can’t be allowed impact on their much-needed works: