Contracts will be signed today appointing consultants to design flood relief measures for Cavan Town within a period of 24 months. The need for this scheme was identified by the CFRAM Study completed by the OPW over the last few years. Based on an initial desk-top study the Scheme was thought likely to cost in the region of €4 million. However with more detailed design and construction inflation it is more likely to be in the region of €7 million to construct. The work of the consultants will focus on the Area for Further Assessment (’AFA’) from the Bus Station, the Dublin Road and out to Poles, areas that have had flooding issues in recent years. Protecting homes and premises from flooding is essential. I welcome this important step and acknowledge the work of the Council Staff involved who have worked closely with colleagues in the OPW.