22. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to develop a coordinated national coastal plan to prioritise the most at risk inhabited and to develop a unified approach to the management of coastal erosion nationwide. (Question 53063/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): 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 or flooding, appropriate and sustainable measures are identified by Local Authorities to protect those assets. Where such measures are economically justified on cost benefit grounds and compatible with all requir...

135. Deputy Stephen S. Donnelly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will report on the progress of funding for coastal defence works for Arklow; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 50044/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The identification and assessment of problems of coastal erosion are matters for Local Authorities in the first instance. Local Authorities may carry out works to address such problems using their own resources or, if necessary, may apply for funding under the Office of Public Works (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme. 
I am advised that a revised application was submitt...

230. Deputy Michael Collins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a breakwater wall will be provided for the residents of Blackrock Terrace, Castletownbere, where severe tidal storms have caused a lot of damage to the houses in adverse weather; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35279/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): It is a matter for Kerry County Council in the first instance to assess the risks in specific coastal areas and the level of coastal protection required in those areas.
The Local Authorities may carry out coastal protection works using their own resources. If necessary, they may also put forward proposals to the relevant central Government Departments for funding of appropriate measures depending on...

242. 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 36029/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): 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 and the Council can identify viable solutions, it is open to the Council to apply for funding under the Office of Public Works’ (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works ...

257. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the minor works flood scheme review; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34236/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I can inform the Deputy that on 7 July, I announced and welcomed the completion of the review of the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme which includes many improvements to the eligibility/benefit criteria of the Scheme.
The scheme provides funding to local authorities to carry out localised flood relief works.
My Office conducted this review, in consultation with stakeholders...

181. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of coastal defence work for a clubhouse (details supplied) in County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 30090/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme Expenditure)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Office of Public Works (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme is a scheme under which the OPW may provide funding assistance and support to local authorities to undertake viable, cost effective, localised and small scale flood relief works in their administrative areas. 
An application for funding under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for t...

144. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the funding which will be made available to local authorities in 2017 to prepare comprehensive coastal protection studies; the number of individual projects nationwide this funding would cover; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26472/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Coastal Protection)

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...

322. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the OPW will provide funding for a project (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23299/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that funding of €18,800 was approved under the Office of Public Works (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme in September 2016 for a project at Killen Bridge, Granard, Co Longford. The progression of the works is the responsibility of Longford County Council. There is no further application for funding on hand in the OPW in rela...

175. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will approve funding for flood relief works at the grotto in Curraheen, County Cork. (Question 21885/17 asked on 10 May 2017 - Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that an application under the Office of Public Works’ (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme has been received from Cork County Council for a project at Curraheen, Co Cork. Further information to support the application has been received and is currently being assessed. The assessment will be completed as quickly as possible and ...

179. Deputy Alan Farrell asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the action he will take to tackle coastal erosion at The Burrow, Portrane; the way in which his Department’s approach to the situation facing residents in The Burrow has changed following the recent ministerial visit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14281/17 asked on 22 Mar 2017 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The management of problems of coastal erosion at Portrane 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 received will be as...

186. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to amend the criteria for grants to local authorities to alleviate and prevent storm damage to allow for applications to ensure no flooding or storm damage occurs to individual houses situated near the coast; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12667/17 asked on 09 Mar 2017 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I am assuming the Deputy is referring to the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme (the Minor Works scheme) which is operated by the Office of Public Works (OPW) to provide funding to local authorities to undertake minor flood mitigation works and coastal protection measures or studies within their administrative areas. This scheme does not apply in normal course to storm damage repai...

360. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when a decision will be made in respect of an application made by the local authority for coastal defences at Maghery, County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12024/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The application received from Donegal County Council under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for funding to undertake a project comprising of coastal erosion defence repairs at Maghery Strand was not eligible for funding under the Scheme as it did not meet the criteria of the scheme for a number of reasons which were notified to the Council by the Office of Public Works. 
The ...

371. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the application of Wexford County Council to co-fund coastal protection works at Rosslare Warren Middle, County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11960/17 asked on 07 Mar 2017 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that an application for funding under the Office of Public Works’ (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme has been received from Wexford County Council for a project at the location in question. Further information has been requested from the Council in order to consider the application.
Furthermore, officials from the OPW met with...

364. Deputy Peter Fitzpatrick asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when further funding will be provided to upgrade and reinforce the Bellurgan embankment in County Louth; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36179/16 asked on 22 Nov 2016 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The upgrade works on the coastal embankment at Bellurgan, Co Louth, are being advanced by Louth County Council with funding from the Office of Public Works (OPW).
The Council has informed the OPW that works have now commenced and are expected to be completed in the early part of 2017. Funding will be provided to the Council upon request, on the basis of certified monies expended. 
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428. Deputy Brendan Howlin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when he will make a determination on the application of Wexford County Council to co-fund coastal protection works at Rosslare Warren Middle, County Wexford; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34684/16 asked on 15 Nov 2016 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that an application for funding under the Office of Public Works’ (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme has been received from Wexford County Council for a project at the location in question. This application is currently under consideration in the OPW and a response will issue to Wexford County Council as soon as possible.
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430. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason for the decline in funding for the installation of rock armour at Maghery Strand in west Donegal; if his attention has been drawn to the increasing rates of coastal erosion and sand; if he will meet with representatives of the Maghery coastal erosion committee to discuss this further; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34964/16 asked on 15 Nov 2016 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The application received from Donegal County Council under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for funding to undertake a project comprising coastal erosion defence repairs at Maghery Strand is not eligible for funding under the scheme as it did not meet the criteria of the scheme for a number of reasons which have been notified to the Council by the Office of Public Works. One i...

246. Deputy Mick Wallace asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the date on which a particular part of the coastal protection scheme on the beach at Rosslare Strand, County Wexford may be implemented (details supplied). (Question 32524/16 asked on 02 Nov 2016 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that an application for funding under the Office of Public Works’ (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme has been received from Wexford County Council for a project at the location in question. This application is currently under consideration in the OPW and a response will issue to Wexford County Council as soon as possible.
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105. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when a decision will be made in respect of an application for coastal defences (details supplied) in County Donegal made by the local authority to the Office of Public Works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32246/16 asked on 26 Oct 2016 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The application received from Donegal County Council under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for funding to undertake a project comprising of coastal erosion defence repairs at Maghery, County Donegal has been assessed by the Office of Public Works and is not eligible for funding under the scheme as it does not meet the scheme criteria.
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174. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if funding will be made available to address a flooding threat at a location (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27923/16 asked on 29 Sep 2016 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney) (Deputy Seán Canney): It is a matter for Kerry County Council (KCC) in the first instance to investigate and address issues of coastal protection and flooding at the location indicated. If, following assessment, KCC can identify any economically and environmentally viable measures to address the flooding problem at this location, it is open to the Council to undertake any required remedial works using its ...

330. Deputy Pat Breen asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of an application for funding by an organisation (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17984/16 asked on 28 Jun 2016 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that no application under the Office of Public Works’ (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme has been submitted by Clare County Council for the area mentioned in this question. The local authority may proceed to engage consultants using its own resources.
The flood risk in Springfield, Clonlara is being assessed under the OPW’s Ca...

339. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Office of Public Works will provide maps of the parts of Kilgarrylander, classified as flood plain or at flood risk from the River Maine under the Irish coastal protection strategy in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18141/16 asked on 28 Jun 2016 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): Details of the Irish Coastal Protection Strategy Study, including relevant maps are available on the OPW website at http://www.opw.ie/en/floodriskmanagement/floodanderosionmapping/icpss/.
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117. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of a shore bank (details supplied) that has been breached; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8068/16 asked on 26 Apr 2016 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): It is a matter for Kerry County Council (KCC) in the first instance to identify, investigate and address issues of coastal protection and flooding at the location indicated.
KCC may carry out any necessary works using its own resources. It is open to the Council also to submit an application for funding if under the Office of Public Works (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works & Coastal Protection Scheme. An...

119. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of coastal protection measures at Ballyferriter, Dingle, County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 8248/16 asked on 26 Apr 2016 - Coastal Protection)

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 central Government Departments for funding of appropriate er...

125. Deputy John Brady asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the nature of coastal works planned at Murrough, Wicklow town; and if he has carried out any study to ascertain if these works will be sufficient. (Question 6406/16 asked on 14 Apr 2016 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): In March 2016 the Office of Public Works (OPW) approved funding of €450,000 to Wicklow County Council (WCC) following receipt of an application from WCC under the OPW’s Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for funding to carry out emergency coastal protection works at the Murrough in Wicklow town. WCC engaged RPS Consulting Engineers to investigate the problem and to recommend a sol...

184. Deputy John Brassil asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to provide funding for an appropriate assessment screening in relation to coastal protection works at Cliff Road at Ballyheigue in County Kerry, given that the cliff is badly eroded and threatens to collapse the main road servicing the Kerryhead area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5897/16 asked on 06 Apr 2016 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 184 and 185 together.
Local flooding and coastal erosion issues are matters for Local Authorities to investigate and address in the first instance and to carry out flood mitigation and coastal protection works using its own resources. 
The Office of Public Works operates a Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme. This administrative Scheme’s eligibility...