Morell River

Flood Management Scheme

designed to provide maximum protection for people and their homes while at the same
time having minimal impact on the existing environment

What’s Happening

The 16km Morell River, near Naas in County Kildare, is a tributary of the River Liffey. It runs from Slieveroe, through Naas, Johnstown and Straffan, where it meets the River Liffey. Its tributaries include the Hartwell, Haynestown, Slane and Kill Rivers.

Over the years, the Morell River and its tributaries have been responsible for serious flooding events in the townlands of Killeenmore, Turnings, Ballyhays, Sherlockstown, Tuckmilltown, Blackchurch and Killeen, resulting in significant damages to property and businesses.

Now, Kildare County Council, with the support of the OPW, is leading the €11 million Morell River Flood Management Scheme (FMS) to protect homes and businesses from flooding. The scheme is being designed to provide maximum protection for people and their homes while at the same time having minimal impact on the existing environment.

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Press Release

Approval from An Bord Pleanála

Kildare County Council received Approval from An Bord Pleanála for the Morell Flood Management Scheme on the 27th April 2018.

The Scheme comprises of:

  • construction or restoration of over 9,000 metres of sloped embankments;
  • construction of up to 480 metres of flood walls to direct the flood water away from high risk areas;
  • stream realignment; and up to 11 culvert alterations/upgrades.

Construction is expected to commence this summer and works will be undertaken over the next three years. The scheme will be constructed by the Office of Public Works, who are also the funding authority.

The Morell River catchment in County Kildare has been subject to serious recurring flooding in past two decades, resulting in significant damages to property and businesses. When completed, the Morell Flood Management Scheme will positively affect the people of the area who have suffered from the significant flooding in previous years.

To read An Bord Pleanála’s Report visit www.pleanala.ie/casenum/JA0042

Project Timeline

*Providing planning consent is granted in spring 2018 and work commences in summer 2018.