A team of consultant engineers have started an investigation into flooding in South Kilkenny last winter after the opening of the new Waterford to Dublin motorway.

A pub and several houses in the Kilmacow area close to the new motorway were flooded for the first time in living memory and following protests by local people local members of the County Council called for a review of the M9 drainage system. The firm appointed for the task are Ryan Hanley Consulting Engineers.

Area Engineer Denis Lawlor said the Project Team had started work and they would be talking to individuals in the Dunkitt area who experienced flooding.

A report was also being prepared on works to deal with major flooding incidents generally last winter. Access to private land was required at three locations at Dungooly, Ballinacurragh and Mullinavat and ongoing discussions were being held with the relevant landowners affected by flooding.