Enniscorthy Flood Defence Scheme – Public Display & Information Event

Date: 15th June to 7th July 2018: read information below for details

Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford has a long history of flooding. Extreme floods have occurred in 1924, 1947, 1965, 2000, 2002, 2009, 2011, 2014, and more recently in December 2015. Flooding represents a risk to health and safety, and has resulted in significant property damage and traffic disruption in the town.

In 2004, the Office of Public Works (OPW), in conjunction with Wexford County Council, undertook a study of the flooding problem in Enniscorthy. A preliminary design for the Enniscorthy Flood Defence Scheme was developed by the OPW and exhibited for public consultation in 2009. In response to feedback from the public, the preliminary design was further improved and went on public display in 2012.

In November 2015, Design Consultants Mott MacDonald and Roughan & O’Donovan were appointed by Wexford County Council to develop the detailed design for the Scheme. The Scheme has been developed to take into consideration feedback received from public consultations to date.

The scheme covers a 3.5km stretch of the River Slaney, extending from 1.5km upstream of Enniscorthy Bridge to 2km downstream. The main elements of the project include:


  • River channel widening and deepening.
  • Flood defense walls, including glass panel walls in the town centre.
  • Removal of the Seamus Rafter Bridge & the construction of a New Road Bridge 500m downstream, just south of the Riverside Park Hotel.
  • A new pedestrian bridge in the town centre.
  • New road junction layouts and traffic management plan for the town centre.
  • Bridge foundation protection works for the Railway Bridge & the Old Enniscorthy Bridge.
  • Services diversions & additional Stormwater Pumping Stations


It is estimated that the scheme will cost between €40 and €45M.

The scheme will go to Public Exhibition later this year. Following the Public Exhibition process, the scheme will then go to the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform for Confirmation. Construction can commence when the scheme is confirmed. Construction is expected to start in 2019 and will take 3 years to complete.

In order to raise awareness of the scheme, a Public Display & Information Event is to be held at which members of the public will have the opportunity to view the developed design and to put questions to the designers. The Public Display & Information Event will be held at the following locations:

Dates: Monday 11th June to Sunday 17th June

Location: The Athenaeum, Castle Street, Enniscorthy Co.Wexford

 Design Consultants will be in attendance on the following dates:

  • Monday 11th June: 2:00pm to 5:00pm,
  • Tuesday 12th June 11:00am to 5:00pm,
  • Wednesday 13th June: 11:00am to 8:00pm.

Dates: Tuesday 19th June to Saturday 7th July

Location: Enniscorthy Library, Lymington Rd, Enniscorthy, Co.Wexford

Design Consultants will be in attendance on the following dates:

  • Thursday 21st June: 1:00pm to 8:00pm,
  • Thursday 28th June: 1:00pm to 8:00pm,
  • Thursday 5th July: 10:30am to 5:00pm


A brochure and feedback form will be available for comments to be registered.