Slate River flood risk worries west Kildare landowners

Concerns have been raised about the risk of flooding along land close to the River Slate, which passes through West Kildare.

Concerns have been raised about the risk of flooding along land close to the River Slate, which passes through West Kildare.

Kildare County Council has been asked to fund a cleaning programme.

And Cllr. Brendan Weld believes that an emergency programme of works must take place “as a matter of urgency” to prevent the flooding that occurs, particularly after heavy rainfall.

He told a KCC area meeting that work was done on the waterway 7-8 years ago but “now it is silting up again.”

He said continuous maintenance of the river may be necessary into the future.

Cllr. Weld said people living in the Derrymullen area have expressed concern.

“This river has to be cleared because property is being affected,” he said.

Another councillor, Seamus Langan, said landowners in Killina have concerns adding that changing weather patterns mean it’s imperative the river is “looked at.”

Kildare County Council said that it has met with concerned landowners in Derrymullen, Lowtown and Blackwood and this channel of communication remains open.

However no work is likely be done on the river before an environmental impact report is prepared and approval has been received from both National Parks and Wildlife Service and Inland Fisheries Ireland.

This is because trhe river is clased as a special area of conservation (SAC) as is Ballynafagh Lake in Prosperous - where the Slate rises.

The Slate also flows through Rathangan and joins the Figile River, which in turn joins the River Barrow in Monasterevin.

- Paul O’Meara