Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Shannon Flooding - Seanad Speaks Again!
Tom Parlon Promised Shannon Authority
from paudie safe high up in johnnie foxes;
Loki brought you the seanad debate of 1978 dealing with Shannon flooding.
It doesn't stop there, oh no. In 2004, Senator Bannon (who he?), a Fine Gael lackie, divested himself of the following; "In the run-up to the last general election, we heard a great deal of thunder from the Minister of State, Deputy Parlon, about the draining of the River Shannon and the establishment of a Shannon authority. Counties Roscommon, Longford, Westmeath and Offaly were severely hit by downpours of rain yesterday and last night. There have been many cases of serious flooding in the region over the past 50 years or more. When he was Taoiseach, Éamon de Valera promised to drain the Shannon. The Minister of State, Deputy Parlon, gave a commitment to establish a Shannon authority, but we have heard little about it since he became Minister of State with responsibility for that area. The Minister of State needs to come to the House as a matter of urgency to update Senators on his plans to bring all the parties which are interested in the Shannon together to try to develop a better system of management of the river system. Thousands of acres of land in the midlands are flooded when the Shannon breaches its banks, causing great inconvenience to farmers and the public in villages in close proximity to the river."
Who says the Seanad is irrelevant? Stuff and nonsense.