The resumption of the emergency pipe works at Lough Funshinagh is merely ‘limited good news’.

That’s according to the Roscommon IFA Chairman Jim O'Connor, who says the new proposed emergency works would see no more than 2 million cubic metres of water removed from the lake.

The CEO of Roscommon County Council Eugene Cummins today signed an order to enable the works to recommence on the emergency overflow pipe.

Works on the previous plan for a relief pipeline were halted following a High Court injunction obtained by the Friends of the Irish Environment group in August and that ruling still stands.

Roscommon IFA Chairman Jim O'Connor told Midwest News that while welcome, the revised plan will only take less than half a metre off the lake surface.

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