Declan Breathnach TD
Louth (and East Meath)

16th July, 2018

Breathnach calls for more use of drones and aerial photographs in identifying blocked drains and streams during drought

– With lower water levels now is a good time to clear blocked drains and stream courses –

Fianna Fáil TD for Louth and East Meath Declan Breathnach has called for more use to be made of drones and aerial photography now during the drought, so that blocked drains and gullies can be addressed and dealt with before our next bout of heavy rainfall, which is inevitable.

“This comes in light of the recent discovery of an unusual circle that has been revealed in a field near to the UNESCO Newgrange monument due to the drought conditions. This was discovered by a hobby drone user who is also a historian, and recognized the significance of his find. It comprises a previously undiscovered henge, or circular enclosure, desbribed as an extemeely significant find.

“In Co. Down, due to the drought conditions and extremely low water levels at the Spelga Resevoir, an ancient roadway to the Mourne Mountains has been revealed, an old road and bridge which is usually well below the water level.

“We need to use drones and aerial photographs across the country now during these drought conditions to see what drains and gullies are blocked or need work. We are going to have an inevitable deluge sooner rather than later, as the drought conditions are set to end soon. The opportunity to clean drains, gullies and stream courses now while water levels are low should not be missed, to avoid flooding when the rainfall comes.

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Johanna Walsh, Office of Declan Breathnach T.D., Leinster House, Dublin 2 (Declan – 087 2697638)

(T) 01 6183549 (Email) declan.breathnach@oireachtas.ie