315. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if flood alleviation funding will be made available for flood prevention works in Ballybay, County Monaghan; when work will commence; if planning has been commenced, completed or approved for the works; when the works will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 16626/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding is the Office of Public Works (OPW) Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The Programme, undertaken by engineering consultants on behalf of the OPW working in partnership with the local authorities, has involved the production of predictive flood mapping for each location, the development ...

25. Deputy Niamh Smyth asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the River Erne is being considered for flood relief funding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10863/18 asked on 22 Mar 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding is the Office of Public Works (OPW) Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The Programme, which is being undertaken by engineering consultants on behalf of the OPW working in partnership with the local authorities, involves the production of predictive flood mapping for each location, the ...

136. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the flood protection works that the Office of Public Works will undertake to protect homes and businesses flooded in August 2017 at a location (details supplied) in County Donegal. (Question 12233/18 asked on 20 Mar 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Local flooding issues are a matter, in the first instance, for each local authority to investigate and address, and local authorities may carry out flood mitigation works using their own resources. The OPW operates the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme. The purpose of this scheme is to provide funding to Local Authorities to undertake minor flood mitigation works or studies...

100. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of proposals for a voluntary home relocation scheme for domestic dwellings affected by flooding and unable to receive insurance cover or adequate remedial works; the number of homes due to be covered by the scheme; the amount due to be allocated; the timeframe of the scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11621/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 100 to 107, inclusive, together.
On April 11th 2017, the Government agreed the administrative arrangements for a once-off Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme for those primary residential properties that flooded between, or as a result of flooding between 4th December, 2015 and 13th January, 2016. This is a national scheme of humanitarian assistance, targeting aid ...

101. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the trial on lowering water levels in Lough Allen undertaken by the Shannon flood risk State agency co-ordination working group; if there are legal or statutory impediments to such measures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11623/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 100 to 107, inclusive, together.
On April 11th 2017, the Government agreed the administrative arrangements for a once-off Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme for those primary residential properties that flooded between, or as a result of flooding between 4th December, 2015 and 13th January, 2016. This is a national scheme of humanitarian assistance, targeting aid ...

102. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of meetings held by the interdepartmental flood policy co-ordination group in 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11624/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 100 to 107, inclusive, together.
On April 11th 2017, the Government agreed the administrative arrangements for a once-off Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme for those primary residential properties that flooded between, or as a result of flooding between 4th December, 2015 and 13th January, 2016. This is a national scheme of humanitarian assistance, targeting aid ...

103. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the establishment and operation of the national flood forecasting and warning service unit; the number of staff employed in the unit; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11625/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 100 to 107, inclusive, together.
On April 11th 2017, the Government agreed the administrative arrangements for a once-off Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme for those primary residential properties that flooded between, or as a result of flooding between 4th December, 2015 and 13th January, 2016. This is a national scheme of humanitarian assistance, targeting aid ...

104. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of meetings held by the River Shannon co-ordination group in 2016, 2017 and to date in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11626/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 100 to 107, inclusive, together.
On April 11th 2017, the Government agreed the administrative arrangements for a once-off Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme for those primary residential properties that flooded between, or as a result of flooding between 4th December, 2015 and 13th January, 2016. This is a national scheme of humanitarian assistance, targeting aid ...

105. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount of funding put aside for the pilot scheme of individual home protection measures; the amount drawn down; the timeframe for a decision on the future of the pilot scheme’s national roll-out; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11627/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 100 to 107, inclusive, together.
On April 11th 2017, the Government agreed the administrative arrangements for a once-off Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme for those primary residential properties that flooded between, or as a result of flooding between 4th December, 2015 and 13th January, 2016. This is a national scheme of humanitarian assistance, targeting aid ...

106. 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 11628/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 100 to 107, inclusive, together.
On April 11th 2017, the Government agreed the administrative arrangements for a once-off Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme for those primary residential properties that flooded between, or as a result of flooding between 4th December, 2015 and 13th January, 2016. This is a national scheme of humanitarian assistance, targeting aid ...

107. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of work on riparian rights and landowners legal obligations; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 11631/18 asked on 08 Mar 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 100 to 107, inclusive, together.
On April 11th 2017, the Government agreed the administrative arrangements for a once-off Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme for those primary residential properties that flooded between, or as a result of flooding between 4th December, 2015 and 13th January, 2016. This is a national scheme of humanitarian assistance, targeting aid ...

216. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the flood protection works that the Office of Public Works will undertake to protect homes and businesses flooded in August 2017 at Tromatty and Quigley’s Point, County Donegal. (Question 10028/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 216 to 219, inclusive, together.
On Tuesday 22 August 2017 an extreme pluvial rainfall event occurred in Donegal. Having visited the area the following day I saw at first hand the extensive damage and disruption caused by this flood event, particularly to the community in the Inishowen Peninsula area. 
A national study to assess and propose measures to manage Ireland’...

217. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the flood protection works that the Office of Public Works will undertake to protect homes and sporting amenities flooded in August 2017 at Clonmany, County Donegal. (Question 10029/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 216 to 219, inclusive, together.
On Tuesday 22 August 2017 an extreme pluvial rainfall event occurred in Donegal. Having visited the area the following day I saw at first hand the extensive damage and disruption caused by this flood event, particularly to the community in the Inishowen Peninsula area. 
A national study to assess and propose measures to manage Ireland’...

218. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the flood protection works that the Office of Public Works will undertake to protect homes and businesses flooded in August 2017 at Carndonagh, County Donegal. (Question 10030/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 216 to 219, inclusive, together.
On Tuesday 22 August 2017 an extreme pluvial rainfall event occurred in Donegal. Having visited the area the following day I saw at first hand the extensive damage and disruption caused by this flood event, particularly to the community in the Inishowen Peninsula area. 
A national study to assess and propose measures to manage Ireland’...

219. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the flood protection works that the Office of Public Works will undertake to protect the homes flooded in August 2017 at a location (details supplied). (Question 10031/18 asked on 27 Feb 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 216 to 219, inclusive, together.
On Tuesday 22 August 2017 an extreme pluvial rainfall event occurred in Donegal. Having visited the area the following day I saw at first hand the extensive damage and disruption caused by this flood event, particularly to the community in the Inishowen Peninsula area. 
A national study to assess and propose measures to manage Ireland’...

110. Deputy Marcella Corcoran Kennedy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of planned dredging works on the Shannon river; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7705/18 asked on 14 Feb 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): In December 2016, the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group took a major decision to develop a plan for strategic maintenance works on the River Shannon to complement the Group’s existing Work Programme.
A sub-committee of the Group was established to examine all of the necessary legal, environmental, technical and other considerations. The sub-committee identified a small numbe...

105. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Office of Public Works has ensured that the ongoing flood risk to persons in Tromatty and Quigley’s Point, Inishowen, County Donegal (details supplied) has been assessed; and the solutions, including the construction of flood defences, the OPW is planning to protect persons from future flooding. (Question 6127/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 105 to 107, inclusive, together.
On Tuesday 22 August 2017 an extreme pluvial rainfall event occurred in Donegal. Having visited the area the following day I saw at first hand the extensive damage and disruption caused by this flood event, particularly to the community in the Inishowen Peninsula area. 
Local flooding issues are a matter, in the first instance, for eac...

106. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Office of Public Works has ensured that the ongoing flood risk to persons in Clonmany, County Donegal (details supplied) has been assessed; and the solutions, including the construction of flood defences, the OPW is planning to protect persons from future flooding. (Question 6128/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 105 to 107, inclusive, together.
On Tuesday 22 August 2017 an extreme pluvial rainfall event occurred in Donegal. Having visited the area the following day I saw at first hand the extensive damage and disruption caused by this flood event, particularly to the community in the Inishowen Peninsula area. 
Local flooding issues are a matter, in the first instance, for eac...

107. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Office of Public Works has ensured that the ongoing flood risk to persons and local businesses in Carndonagh, County Donegal (details supplied) has been assessed; and the solutions, including the construction of flood defences, the OPW is planning to protect persons from future flooding. (Question 6129/18 asked on 07 Feb 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 105 to 107, inclusive, together.
On Tuesday 22 August 2017 an extreme pluvial rainfall event occurred in Donegal. Having visited the area the following day I saw at first hand the extensive damage and disruption caused by this flood event, particularly to the community in the Inishowen Peninsula area. 
Local flooding issues are a matter, in the first instance, for eac...

167. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position in relation to a flood alleviation project (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 5779/18 asked on 06 Feb 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Clare County Council (CCC) has requested approval to advance a detailed project-level assessment and design to address flooding in the Springfield, Cloonlara, Co. Clare. The OPW has approved funding for the appointment of consultants by CCC.
The Council has engaged consultants to complete the detailed design to determine if a viable flood defence scheme can be implemented to defend the properties in...

145. Deputy Tony McLoughlin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to provide a long-term solution to recurring flooding in County Sligo, in particular the Owenmore river; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4741/18 asked on 31 Jan 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding is the Office of Public Works (OPW) Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The Programme involves the production of predictive flood mapping for each location, the development of preliminary flood risk management options and the production of Flood Risk Management Plans. 
The CFRAM Program...

194. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Office of Public Works has ensured that the ongoing flood risk to persons in a location (details supplied) that have been out of their homes since August 2017, has been assessed; and the solutions including the construction of flood defences, the OPW is considering to protect persons from future flooding. (Question 3980/18 asked on 30 Jan 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding is the Office of Public Works (OPW) Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The Programme, which is being undertaken by engineering consultants on behalf of the OPW working in partnership with the local authorities, involves the production of predictive flood mapping for each location, the ...

30. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the measures that will be undertaken by the Office of Public Works in 2018 to alleviate flooding caused by the River Erne in County Cavan due to the damage caused by such flooding over recent years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2130/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding is the Office of Public Works (OPW) Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The Programme, which is being undertaken by engineering consultants on behalf of the OPW working in partnership with the local authorities, involves the production of predictive flood mapping for each location, the ...

253. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if additional flood defences will be put in place at residential housing developments along Red Barns Road, Dundalk, County Louth which are at risk of both fluvial and coastal flooding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 54312/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding is the Office of Public Works (OPW) Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The Programme, which is being undertaken by engineering consultants on behalf of the OPW working in partnership with the local authorities, involves the production of predictive flood mapping for each location, the ...

273. Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the OPW has entered into an agreement with Limerick City and County Councils to carry out works at Portnard, Cappamore, County Limerick, to prevent flooding; and if so, when the works will be completed. (Question 55265/17 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Office of Public Works (OPW) is responsible for the maintenance of Arterial Drainage Schemes and catchment drainage schemes designated under the Arterial Drainage Acts of 1945 and 1995. Under section 37 of this Act, the OPW is required to maintain designated drainage works in proper repair and effective condition.
OPW is responsible for the maintenance of the Mulkear River (Cappamore) Drainage S...