14. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he has taken to ensure that Fingal County Council using available funds is acting to prevent further damage to dunes at Portrane, County Dublin. (Question 47150/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 and 26 together.
I am very aware of the problems that coastal communities face in dealing with the erosion of soft coastline particularly given the severe weather events we have experienced in this country in recent years. I am aware from my recent visit to Donegal the issues associated with erosion of soft coastal defences. I can assure the Deputy that work is b...

26. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his strategy for preventing the destruction of homes at risk due to coastal erosion, in particular, in respect of coastal damage at Portrane, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47151/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 14 and 26 together.
I am very aware of the problems that coastal communities face in dealing with the erosion of soft coastline particularly given the severe weather events we have experienced in this country in recent years. I am aware from my recent visit to Donegal the issues associated with erosion of soft coastal defences. I can assure the Deputy that work is b...

74. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps the OPW has taken to mitigate the effects of coastal erosion at Bettystown and Laytown beaches, County Meath; the levels of erosion experienced at these points on the coastline in the past ten years; the way in which the OPW plans to continue to measure the rate of erosion of the east Meath coastline; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29295/17 asked on 22 Jun 2017 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran) (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Coastal erosion is a natural and ongoing process, which takes place around the entire coastline. Coastal erosion may threaten human life, infrastructure such as roads and may undermine and cause damage to properties. However, it should also be recognised that coastal erosion also has beneficial effects to the local environment, such as providing natural nourishment and su...

358. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the provision of coastal erosion protection measures at Portrane, County Dublin; the funding he has allocated for this project; the expected commencement date of work on same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 25485/17 asked on 30 May 2017 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The management of problems of coastal protection in the area indicated is a matter for Fingal County Council in the first instance. The Council must assess the problem and, if it is considered that specific measures and works are required, it is open to the Council to apply for funding under the Office of Public Works’ (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works & Coastal Protection Scheme. Any application receiv...

25. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he will take to develop a national strategy and guidelines with regard to coastal erosion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18699/17 asked on 13 Apr 2017 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The primary objective of Government policy on coastal protection is to ensure that in areas identified as being at greatest risk of damage or loss of economic assets through coastal erosion, appropriate and sustainable measures are identified by Local Authorities to protect those assets and, where such measures are economically justified on cost benefit grounds and compatible with all required environmenta...

29. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to address the issue of coastal erosion at the Burrow, Portrane; the detail of his Department’s engagement with the local authority to resolve this matter; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18347/17 asked on 13 Apr 2017 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The management of problems of coastal protection in the area indicated is a matter for Fingal County Council in the first instance. The Council must assess the problem and, if it is considered that specific measures and works are required, it is open to the Council to apply for funding under the Office of Public Works’ (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works & Coastal Protection Scheme. Any application receiv...

14. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his attention has been drawn to the problems of coastal erosion on the Portrane coastline, that damage to the dunes is endangering local homes and that public money was not availed of to implement protection measures recommended in the Portrane Coastal Erosion Management Study; the steps his department will take to ensure that protection measures are carried out without further delay; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10505/17 asked on 02 Mar 2017 - Coastal Erosion)

Deputy Clare Daly: The Minister of State is aware of this issue. Residents were grateful for his visit to the area in the past week or so. With every passing storm and change in the weather, homes are further threatened. Residents need to see remediation. What can the OPW do to ensure that the works are undertaken?
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21. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the way in which he plans to address the issue of coastal erosion; and the steps he will be taking to protect homes and infrastructure from coastal erosion. (Question 38593/16 asked on 26 Jan 2017 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney) (Deputy Seán Canney): Coastal erosion is a natural and ongoing process which takes place around the entire coastline. Coastal erosion may threaten human life, infrastructure such as roads, and may undermine and cause damage to properties. However, it should also be recognised that coastal erosion also has beneficial effects to the local environment, such as providing natural nourishment and supply of sedi...

141. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to address coastal erosion in Portrane; the steps his Department has taken in conjunction with Fingal County Council following the completion of their risk management study in 2014. (Question 39165/16 asked on 08 Dec 2016 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The management of problems of coastal protection in the area indicated is a matter for Fingal County Council in the first instance. The Council must assess the problem and, if it is considered that specific measures and works are required, it is open to them to apply for funding under the Office of Public Works’ (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works & Coastal Protection Scheme. Any application received will...

367. Deputy Michael Collins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if there is any State aid available to remedy the effects of coastal erosion on private property (details supplied). (Question 31893/16 asked on 25 Oct 2016 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): There is no State aid available directly from the Office of Public Works (OPW) for private landowners to remedy coastal erosion.
It is a matter for Local Authorities in the first instance to investigate and consider coastal protection matters in their areas. The Local Authorities may carry out coastal protection works using their own resources. If necessary, they may also put forward proposals to the rel...

497. Deputy Lisa Chambers asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the funding available for coastal erosion both nationally and for County Mayo; the funding which has been made available for Mayo County Council each year for the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22208/16 asked on 19 Jul 2016 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The primary objective of Government policy on coastal protection is to ensure that in areas identified as being at greatest risk of damage or loss to economic assets through coastal erosion or flooding, appropriate and sustainable measures are identified by Local Authorities to protect those assets and, where such measures are economically justified on cost benefit grounds and compatible with all required ...

333. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform to set out the funding he sanctioned for coastal erosion works at a location (details supplied) in County Mayo, and the works that were to be carried out; to provide a breakdown of the works that have been carried out and the works that remain outstanding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17191/16 asked on 21 Jun 2016 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I am advised that it is a matter for Mayo County Council (MCC) in the first instance to investigate and address priority coastal protection issues in the county.
MCC was allocated €4.211 million by the Government in February 2014 to carry out repair works to coastal protection infrastructure damaged in the severe storms which affected the country in late 2013 and early 2014. A further allocation of €6,000...

69. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of coastal erosion at a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9015/16 asked on 04 May 2016 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): It is a matter in the first instance for Kerry County Council (KCC) to identify, investigate and address priority areas of its coastline considered to be under significant threat from erosion. It is open to KCC to undertake coastal erosion remedial works using its own resources. If necessary, it may also put forward proposals to the relevant central Government Departments for funding of appropriate meas...

30. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of a case (details supplied) where land is being eroded by the sea; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8712/16 asked on 28 Apr 2016 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): It is a matter in the first instance, for each local authority to identify, investigate and address priority areas of their coastlines considered to be under significant threat from erosion. It is open to Kerry County Council to undertake coastal erosion remedial works using its own resources. If necessary, it may also put forward proposals to the relevant central Government Departments for funding of a...

112. Deputy Darragh O’Brien asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he is taking to combat coastal erosion; the moneys spent on the alleviation of coastal erosion, by local authority area, in each of the years 2012 to 2015; if a national plan to combat coastal erosion is in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8265/16 asked on 26 Apr 2016 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): The Irish Coastal Protection Strategy Study (ICPSS) has surveyed and assessed the coastal erosion risk along the entire national coastline and this information is available to all Local Authorities to enable them to develop appropriate plans and strategies for the sustainable management of the coastline in their counties including the identification, prioritisation and, subject to the availability of reso...

113. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of an issue of cliff erosion (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8267/16 asked on 26 Apr 2016 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): Following a meeting between the named person and the local Engineer of the Office of Public Works (OPW), the OPW procured a survey to assess the extent of erosion. The erosion was found to be not as severe as had been reported initially, but would require works at some stage. OPW flood defence assets in the south west region have suffered significant damage from the storms of recent years, and due to th...

298. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he is aware of the levels of coastal erosion and issues pertaining to coastal reclamation which are of concern along the coastline in east County Meath; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34307/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 298 and 299 together.
It is the responsibility of local authorities in the first instance, including Meath County Council, to identify, investigate and address on a prioritised basis problems of coastal erosion in their areas. The primary objective of policy on coastal protection is to ensure that in areas identified as being at greatest risk of damage or loss to economi...

299. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount of money allocated from 2011 to 2015 to date to Meath County Council to provide coastal defences and to address coastal erosion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34308/15 asked on 06 Oct 2015 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 298 and 299 together.
It is the responsibility of local authorities in the first instance, including Meath County Council, to identify, investigate and address on a prioritised basis problems of coastal erosion in their areas. The primary objective of policy on coastal protection is to ensure that in areas identified as being at greatest risk of damage or loss to economi...

344. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide an update from the Office of Public Works in relation to the coastal erosion minor works application from Sligo County Council, which the Office of Public Works would have received recently; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20865/15 asked on 26 May 2015 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): The Office of Public Works recently received an application from Sligo County Council under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for funding to undertake a study in relation to coastal flood and erosion risk management at Rosses Point, County Sligo.
This application is currently being assessed and a response will issue to the Council shortly.
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615. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the steps being taken to protect coastal road and rail infrastructure from storms; the projects that are currently under way in this regard; if he views the promised €250 million over the next five years to be sufficient to deal with the current and expected damage occurring as a result of more extreme weather conditions due to global warming; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3939/15 asked on 27 Mar 2015 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): I will shortly be making grant allocations to local authorities for 2015 in respect of regional and local roads. The improvement and maintenance of regional and local roads is of course the statutory responsibility of each local authority, in accordance with the provisions of Section 13 of the Roads Act 1993. Works on those roads are funded from local authorities’ own resources supplemented by State road grants. The initial sel...

103. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his attention has been drawn to the significant levels of coastal erosion which are occurring at a coastal location (details supplied) in County Donegal; if he acknowledges the suffering and anxiety which this situation is causing the local coastal community; his plans to address this situation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12542/15 asked on 26 Mar 2015 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): Local flooding and coastal erosion issues are matters for Local Authorities to investigate and address in the first instance and Donegal County Council (DCC) may carry out flood mitigation and coastal protection works using its own resources. 
I can assure the Deputy that the Government and I are cognisant that coastal erosion may in some instances give rise to a significant threat to infrastructure, prop...

131. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht the actions he will take to stop erosion of the priority one habitat machair in Mannin, Ballyconneely, County Galway, where a considerable amount of the machair was destroyed during the storms of January and February 2014; if it is intended to carry out coastal protection works there to stop further erosion of this priority habitat; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15903/14 asked on 03 Apr 2014 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): My Department recognises that the storms in January and February of this year have resulted in considerable damage to lands and property, and changes along the coastline, including in areas that have been designated as NATURA 2000 sites. Coastal defence work is not part of my Department’s remit but my Department contributed to the Guidance on Works and Development Consents for Repairing Infrastructure Damaged in Storms or ot...

158. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht if he is concerned that Ballinskelligs Castle, County Kerry may be washed into the sea; if he will act on my previous correspondence to initiate a multi-agency approach to safeguard the castle; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 15680/14 asked on 02 Apr 2014 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Deputy Jimmy Deenihan): I understand that the main threat to Ballinskelligs Castle, which is not a national monument in State care, is coastal erosion. Overall policy for coastal protection, including coastal flooding and erosion, is a matter for the Office of Public Works, while the identification and addressing of coastal protection measures in any particular area is a matter in the first instance for the relevant local authority concerned. My D...

363. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the position regarding reclaiming land that is washed away by coastal erosion. (Question 6445/14 asked on 11 Feb 2014 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Jan O’Sullivan): The Foreshore Act 1933 defines foreshore as the bed and shore, below the line of high water of ordinary or medium tides, of the sea and of every tidal river and tidal estuary and of every channel, creek and bay of the sea or of any such river or estuary and the outer limit of the foreshore is to be determined in accordance with section 1A of the Foreshore Act.
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24. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount of funding that he will be making available for both emergency works, as a result of recent damage, and a more sustainable, long-term solution to tackle the serious problem of coastal erosion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2693/14 asked on 22 Jan 2014 - Coastal Erosion)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brian Hayes): The investigation and addressing of coastal protection problems are matters for the Local Authorities concerned in the first instance. It is open to the Local Authorities to apply for funding to deal with coastal protection under the Office of Public Works’ (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works & Coastal Protection Scheme. Any application received will be assessed under the eligibility criteria, which inclu...