116. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Office of Public Works will provide funds for coastal protection works in Leenane, County Galway, on foot of an application from Galway County Council for funding of such works; when a decision will be made on the application; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18932/18 asked on 01 May 2018 - Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I have been advised by the Office of Public Works that the application submitted under its Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection scheme by Galway County Council for flood relief works at Leenane Village is currently under consideration and the Council will be notified shortly.
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91. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding coastal protection in areas surrounding the Boyne River inlet in County Louth and the eastern area of County Meath following recent extreme weather; if reports have been undertaken to examine the change in the coastal protection requirements; if reports have been undertaken to examine the silt deposits in the Boyne River inlet and other related reports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18118/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The information sought by the Deputy is currently being compiled. A detailed response will issue to the Deputy directly.
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194. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the position with coastal reclamation and protection in areas surrounding the Boyne River inlet in County Louth and the eastern area of County Meath following recent extreme weather; if reports have been undertaken to examine the change in the coastal protection requirements; if reports have been undertaken to examine the silt deposits in the Boyne River inlet and other related reports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18117/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Coastal Protection)

Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (Deputy Denis Naughten): I have no statutory function in relation to coastal erosion and flood relief. The lead responsibility for dealing with flood relief and flood risk management rests with the Office of Public Works (OPW), which is the responsibility of the Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform. I understand that Drogheda Port Company also has a role in relation to dredging of the Boyne Estuary. 
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215. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the position regarding coastal reclamation in areas surrounding the Boyne River inlet in County Louth and the eastern area of County Meath following recent extreme weather; if reports have been undertaken to examine the change in the coastal reclamation requirements; if reports have been undertaken to examine the silt deposits in the Boyne River inlet and other related reports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18119/18 asked on 25 Apr 2018 - Coastal Protection)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): Coastal reclamation is a matter for the relevant local authorities and as Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport I have no function in relation to this matter.  I am not aware of any reports undertaken to examine change in coastal reclamation requirements or to examine silt deposits in the Boyne River inlet. 
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141. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 596 of 22 March 2018, if an application has been lodged under the OPW minor flood mitigation works and coastal protection scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17482/18 asked on 24 Apr 2018 - Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I have been advised that the Office of Public Works has not received an application from Kildare County Council under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection scheme for the area mentioned in the Deputy’s question.
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35. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the intervention which will be made to prevent further coastal damage at Portrane and to develop a long term plan to ensure the safety of the homes in the area that are currently in danger due to damage to the dunes further to the recent visit by the Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works to the Burrow, Portrane; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11308/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): As you are aware I visited Portrane on 26 January of this year and met with Fingal County Council officials, including the Chief Executive, local representatives and members of the community to discuss this matter. 
I fully appreciate the serious concerns of the local people and I and the OPW are working with the Council to assist it in finding a proper long term solution to the problems at Portrane...

152. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a decision has been made on a minor flooding and costal protection works scheme grant application (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12562/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I am advised that an application has recently been submitted by Kerry County Council under the Office of Public Works’ Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection scheme for a project to repair the seawall on the North Kerry Way. This application is currently under consideration and the Council will be notified when a decision is a made.
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154. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the applications submitted to the Office of Public Works by a local authority (details supplied) in each of the past three years to address flooding problems under the minor works flood relief fund; if it is open to the local authority to submit minor works applications for areas included in the CFRAM reports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12579/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I am advised that the Flood Risk Management Plans under the CFRAM Programme which are due to be submitted shortly to the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform for approval include a number of proposed projects which fall within the financial threshold of the Minor Works scheme, that is, up to an estimated cost of €750,000. On approval of the Plans by the Minister, these minor projec...

183. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding the stalled construction of a seawall at Bunnafolly, Doohoma, County Mayo. (Question 4110/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Coastal Protection)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Following the severe storms of December 2013 and January 2014 and based on estimates provided by the local authorities concerned, funding of up to €69.5 million was made available for a programme of repair and remediation works to roads, coastal protection and flood defence and other public infrastructure damaged in the storms. Of the total amount of funding available, up to €19.6 million was disbur...

192. Deputy Richard Boyd Barrett asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount of overtopping the Office of Public Works has carried out along the coastline; the amount of overtopping that has been carried out on the east coast; his plans for overtopping in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area; his further plans for Bullock harbour; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3965/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - 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 flood protection is to ensure that in areas identified as being at greatest risk of damage or loss of economic assets through coastal flooding, appropriate and sustainable measures are identified to protect those assets and, where such measures are economically justified on cost benefit grounds and compatible with all required environmental and ot...

248. Deputy Colm Brophy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of proposed costal protection works at Spanish Point, County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54954/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran) (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I am advised that the Office of Public Works (OPW) has completed a review of the Coastal Erosion and Flood Risk Management Study of Mal Bay which includes the area of Spanish Point as submitted by Clare County Council. The OPW has recently written to the Council with its detailed comments on the study and requesting some further information.
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249. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the proposed flood defence works at Quilty, County Clare (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1209/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I am advised that the Office of Public Works (OPW) has completed a review of the Coastal Erosion and Flood Risk Management Study of Mal Bay which includes the area of Quilty as submitted by Clare County Council. The OPW has recently written to the Council with its comments on the study and requesting some further information. 
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256. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the way in which his Department plans to prevent erosion along the County Wexford coastline; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54651/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Coastal erosion is a natural and ongoing process which takes place around the national 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 sediment to adjac...

274. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of funding for flood defences (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1001/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I have been advised that the Office of Public Works approved funding of €148,370 in October 2017 under its Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection scheme to Kerry County Council in respect of proposed localised flood relief works at Clieveragh, Listowel Co Kerry which the Council estimated to cost approximately €509,000 in total.
The funding provided was to allow necessary preparatory sit...

275. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 94 of 23 November 2017 (details supplied) if funding will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1056/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Office of Public Works (OPW) has responsibility for the management of fluvial flood risk where a river comes out of its banks and floods adjacent properties or roads etc. 
I met with Limerick County Council on this matter in November 2017 and the position of the OPW was set out in detail. Limerick County Council had previously submitted a minor works application to this office to address the is...

279. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the North Quay, Drogheda, will be included in the proposed flood relief works in County Louth; if flood relief works in Dunleer, County Louth, will be carried out (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1303/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 279 and 290 together.
I have been advised that the Office of Public Works (OPW) approved funding of €58,500 in 2015 under its Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection scheme to Louth County Council for a detailed flood study for Dunleer, Co Louth which was completed in 2016.
I understand that Louth County Council is currently preparing a further application...

287. Deputy Danny Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if an application for funding from Kerry County Council to clear the Flesk river of all blockages has been reviewed (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1651/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I have been advised that the Office of Public Works (OPW) is not in receipt of an application under Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection scheme for the removal of blockages from the Flesk River. 
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290. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of remedial works (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1730/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme Applications)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 279 and 290 together.
I have been advised that the Office of Public Works (OPW) approved funding of €58,500 in 2015 under its Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection scheme to Louth County Council for a detailed flood study for Dunleer, Co Louth which was completed in 2016.
I understand that Louth County Council is currently preparing a further application...

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...