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...

276. Deputy Mary Lou McDonald asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if funding has been allocated for the flood defence works at Burnfoot, County Donegal; and when these works will commence. (Question 1058/18 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 ...

277. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding a flood relief scheme (details supplied) in County Clare; when it will move to construction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1213/18 asked on 16 Jan 2018 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): This scheme is being progressed by Clare County Council (CCC) as the Contracting Authority with funding from the Office of Public Works (OPW). When completed the scheme will provide protection for 74 residential and 10 non-residential properties.
CCC submitted its Report on the Tender Evaluation process to the OPW for review. There were certain matters that required close consideration as part of t...

6. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will report on the progress of flood defences in an area (details supplied); the next step in the works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53473/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Deputy Aindrias Moynihan: I have raised this issue of concern for Baile Bhuirne residents time and again in the House. They are concerned about flooding from the Sullane river anytime there is heavy rain. Residents need to see some progress. The issue has been ongoing since 2011, when we saw the initial designs, yet six years on, no works are in place. We need to see a plan of the works. The issue with the pearl mussel has already been set aside and resolved. There needs to be work and act...

28. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when flood defence construction works will advance in the upper Lee for areas (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53474/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - 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 ...

67. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of flood defence measures for a person (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52424/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

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 for localised flood relief works at Clieveragh, Listowel, Co Kerry. 
The implementation of these works is a matter for the Council and I understand that the Council is currently progressing the necessary site inve...

69. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if additional drainage schemes will be put in place in counties Laois and Offaly in view of recent floods; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52446/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - 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 maintaining Arterial Drainage schemes completed under the 1945 Arterial drainage Act. The Boyne and Brosna Arterial Drainage Catchments contain scheme channels in Counties Laois and Offaly. In 2017, 98km of river channel was maintained in Offaly and 15km of river channel was maintained in Laois. The 2018 Boyne and Brosna maintenance programme wil...

70. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if additional flood defences will be put in place in the midlands as a result of recent flooding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52447/17 asked on 07 Dec 2017 - 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 Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. This Programme is focussing on 300 Areas for Further Assessment (AFAs), mainly in urban locations nationwide, identified as being at potentially significant risk of flooding. Seven AFAs were identified in County Laois, five were identified in ...

156. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will publish the full surveys that have been carried out on ongoing flooding issues in Castleplunket, County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51448/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 156 to 161, inclusive, together.
Study of flooding from Turloughs at Castleplunkett and Lough Funshinagh
The Office of Public Works (OPW) West Region engineering staff are working with engineering staff of Roscommon County Council, Galway County Council & Mayo County Council in relation to Turlough flooding. The Steering Committee for the GSI Monitoring and Modelling...

157. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will publish the full surveys that have been carried out on the ongoing flooding issues in Lough Funshinagh, County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51449/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 156 to 161, inclusive, together.
Study of flooding from Turloughs at Castleplunkett and Lough Funshinagh
The Office of Public Works (OPW) West Region engineering staff are working with engineering staff of Roscommon County Council, Galway County Council & Mayo County Council in relation to Turlough flooding. The Steering Committee for the GSI Monitoring and Modelling...

158. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to provide each local authority with extra finances to deal with specific drainage and maintenance issues that continue to add to the flooding problems on rural roads; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51450/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 156 to 161, inclusive, together.
Study of flooding from Turloughs at Castleplunkett and Lough Funshinagh
The Office of Public Works (OPW) West Region engineering staff are working with engineering staff of Roscommon County Council, Galway County Council & Mayo County Council in relation to Turlough flooding. The Steering Committee for the GSI Monitoring and Modelling...

159. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the planned flood defences for Roscommon town, County Roscommon, are likely to commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51451/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 156 to 161, inclusive, together.
Study of flooding from Turloughs at Castleplunkett and Lough Funshinagh
The Office of Public Works (OPW) West Region engineering staff are working with engineering staff of Roscommon County Council, Galway County Council & Mayo County Council in relation to Turlough flooding. The Steering Committee for the GSI Monitoring and Modelling...

160. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the planned flood defences for Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim, are likely to commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51452/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 156 to 161, inclusive, together.
Study of flooding from Turloughs at Castleplunkett and Lough Funshinagh
The Office of Public Works (OPW) West Region engineering staff are working with engineering staff of Roscommon County Council, Galway County Council & Mayo County Council in relation to Turlough flooding. The Steering Committee for the GSI Monitoring and Modelling...

161. Deputy Eugene Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to remove silt and vegetation that is built up at the Lanesborough Bridge, County Longford, in order to ensure the free movement of water; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51454/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 156 to 161, inclusive, together.
Study of flooding from Turloughs at Castleplunkett and Lough Funshinagh
The Office of Public Works (OPW) West Region engineering staff are working with engineering staff of Roscommon County Council, Galway County Council & Mayo County Council in relation to Turlough flooding. The Steering Committee for the GSI Monitoring and Modelling...

116. Deputy Declan Breathnach asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when funding will be available for flood defence measures for north Louth from Omeath to Dundalk and Dundalk to Clogherhead to upgrade coastal flood defence measures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49547/17 asked on 22 Nov 2017 - 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 ...

180. Deputy Declan Breathnach asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when funding will be available for flood defence measures for south Louth and Drogheda to upgrade coastal flood defence measures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49405/17 asked on 21 Nov 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran) (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 mapp...