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...

76. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if road defence works will be carried out in an area (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 48463/17 asked on 16 Nov 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) allocated funding of €100,000 to Kerry County Council under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works & Coastal Protection Scheme in February, 2012 for embankment strengthening works at Cromane Lower. The Council has already drawn down this funding. OPW is not responsible for the upkeep of this embankment. Following the coastal storms, which affected the western seaboard in ...

133. Deputy Sean Sherlock asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the measures he plans to take on the Kiltha river at Castlemartyr, County Cork, to prevent future flooding (details supplied). (Question 47632/17 asked on 14 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 ...

19. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the contingencies put in place to deal with increased water levels in rivers and waterways; the extra measures that have been established to deal with the upcoming winter months; the amount dedicated towards these contingencies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47333/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Responsibility for the overall management and co-ordination to local emergency issues, including flooding events, rests with the Local Authorities. The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government leads the national co-ordination during a severe weather event. The OPW supports the National Emergency Co-ordination Group when the group is convened to address an extreme weather event.
The OPW c...

107. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the contingencies in place to deal with increased water levels in rivers and waterways; the extra measures that have been established to deal with the upcoming winter months; the amount dedicated towards these contingencies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47239/17 asked on 08 Nov 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Responsibility for the overall management and co-ordination to local flooding events rests with the Local Authorities. The Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government leads the national co-ordination during a severe weather event, including flooding.
The OPW carries out a statutory maintenance programme on 11,500 km of river channel and approximately 730 km of embankments nationally, on art...

110. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the additional financial measures he will employ in 2018 to develop flood defences across the State; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47242/17 asked on 08 Nov 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): A total allocation of €101 million approximately for overall flood risk management has been provided in the 2018 Vote of the Office of Public Works (OPW) representing an increase of 35% on the equivalent 2017 Estimates allocation. This allocation primarily covers the costs of implementing flood defence capital works and the ongoing maintenance programme for completed Arterial Drainage Schemes. The ...

115. Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if discretionary funding was allocated by the Office of Public Works to Clare County Council after Storm Darwin in 2014 for repair works to the embankments on the Shannon and Fergus estuaries for works to be carried out on private lands.; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47268/17 asked on 08 Nov 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. 115 and 116 together.
Following the severe storms of Winter 2013/2014 total funding of €9,712,385 was provided by the Office of Public Works (OPW) to Clare County Council for the repair of damaged coastal protection infrastructure including repairs along the Shannon and Fergus Estuary Embankments. I am advised by Clare County Council that works on the repair of the e...

116. Deputy Patrick O’Donovan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if discretionary funding was allocated by the Office of Public Works to Limerick city and county council after Storm Darwin in 2014 for repair works to the embankments on the Shannon estuary for works to be carried out.; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47269/17 asked on 08 Nov 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. 115 and 116 together.
Following the severe storms of Winter 2013/2014 total funding of €9,712,385 was provided by the Office of Public Works (OPW) to Clare County Council for the repair of damaged coastal protection infrastructure including repairs along the Shannon and Fergus Estuary Embankments. I am advised by Clare County Council that works on the repair of the e...

94. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44291/17 asked on 18 Oct 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Refurbishment of flood defence embankments commenced at Gurrane on 27/07/17. The proposed works was extended further downstream on the Maine Estuary due to deterioration of the flood defence embankment over the last 12 months. Consequently this resulted in additional work on the project consuming substantially more subsoil material to construct this section of embankment than was anticipated which ...

158. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on a matter (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43443/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Interdepartmental Flood Policy Co-ordination Group is considering the potential costs and benefits associated with the introduction of any potential individual property protection scheme. The Group is being informed by two different pilot projects, which are currently underway in Thomastown and Graiguenamanagh in County Kilkenny and Crossmolina in County Mayo. 
In respect of the Kilkenny pilot, ...

68. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will consider in conjunction with relevant Departments and other agencies introducing a pilot initiative for the clearance and upkeep of water courses, channels, streams and rivers in areas subject to flooding and or prone to future flooding in an effort to avoid future flooding in areas of poor drainage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 42860/17 asked on 10 Oct 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Maintenance of rivers and other watercourses can have a positive role to play in preventing the deterioration of channel conveyance capacity. A regular maintenance programme to remove excess inorganic material, vegetation and/or remove debris and rubbish from river channels, and ensure that culvert screens are kept clear, can help reduce flood levels during flood events. 
However, international evid...

36. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the contingencies put in place to deal with increased water levels in rivers and waterways; the extra measures that have been established to deal with the upcoming winter months; the amount dedicated towards these contingencies; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40551/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Deputy Dara Calleary: We have just come out of a very wet summer. Met Éireann figures show it was a wetter than average summer. There were the extraordinary events in Donegal, the debate on which Deputy McConalogue will be leading later, and I know the Acting Chairman, Deputy Eugene Murphy, visited Donegal as well. What plans has the Minister in place to deal with the potential flooding that may arise this winter, particularly given we are going into a winter with river levels much higher tha...

247. Deputy Jan O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans and the timeframe for flood defences in the St. Mary’s area of Limerick city (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 37321/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Limerick City and County Council (LCCC) is the Contracting Authority for the initial phase of the flood relief scheme for Limerick city at King’s Island which includes an advance contract for works at Verdant Place. 
LCCC advises that works currently underway at Verdant Place involve the construction of a flood defence wall. The wall extends from Thomond Bridge to St Mary’s Community Centre, over a...

360. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the actions which have been taken to date to prevent future flooding episodes in the mid-Shannon region. (Question 26893/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): The Office of Public Works (OPW) is delivering a multi-annual programme of capital investment in flood defence measures, with €430 million provided for in the Capital Investment Plan 2016 to 2021. Since 2009, a number of major flood defence schemes have been completed in the Shannon catchment area including Ennis Upper and Derrymullen, Ballinasloe. Further schemes are currently underway at Kings Island in Limerick, Foynes, Enni...

375. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the spend in each of the past five years on flood defence by scheme, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23991/17 asked on 23 May 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 375 and 376 together.
Following is a table (Table 1) setting out expenditure by the Office of Public Works (OPW) on every flood relief scheme in the current Capital Programme for the period 2012-2016.
Table 1
 2012 Expenditure €,000 2013 Expenditure €,000 2014 Expenditure €,000 2015 Expenditure €,000 2016 Expenditure €,000 Schemes completed or currently a...

376. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the planned spend on flood defences for each of the next five years, by scheme, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23992/17 asked on 23 May 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 375 and 376 together.
Following is a table (Table 1) setting out expenditure by the Office of Public Works (OPW) on every flood relief scheme in the current Capital Programme for the period 2012-2016.
Table 1
 2012 Expenditure €,000 2013 Expenditure €,000 2014 Expenditure €,000 2015 Expenditure €,000 2016 Expenditure €,000 Schemes completed or currently a...

385. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of flood prevention plans for the River Deel; the timeframe for completion and planned construction schedule for these plans; if a budget is in place for these works; the work completed on the River Deel since December 2015 and to date in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24541/17 asked on 23 May 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney) (Deputy Seán Canney): A Public Information Day was held in April 2016 to inform the public and stakeholders of the current situation, and to seek views on whether the flood defences option or diversion channel option would be preferable locally. The majority were in favour of the diversion channel option. The Office of Public Works and the design team have taken the public’s preference into account and ar...

179. Deputy Carol Nolan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the flood prevention measures put in place along the River Shannon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 23727/17 asked on 18 May 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The Office of Public Works (OPW) is delivering a multi-annual programme of capital investment in flood defence measures, from the €430 million allocated through the Capital Investment Plan 2016 to 2021. Since 2009, a number of major flood defence schemes have been completed in the Shannon catchment area including Ennis Upper and Derrymullen, Ballinasloe. Further schemes are currently underway at Kings Isla...

316. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 272 of 6 December 2016, if a person (details supplied) in County Kerry will be reimbursed for works they had to carry out on their lands after the construction of an access road by his Department; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22877/17 asked on 16 May 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The location referred to by the Deputy forms part of the Maine Catchment Drainage Scheme (CDS) which was carried out by the Office of Public Works (OPW) under the Arterial Drainage Act, 1945. The River Maine CDS consists of 228 km of channel, 96 km of embankment, 130 bridges and 210 sluice outfall structures. The OPW has a statutory responsibility for the maintenance of this scheme.
OPW constructed a hau...

327. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the scores recorded for each area across the State in which a cost benefit analysis of planned flood defence schemes has been conducted by the OPW and the relevant authorities, in tabular form; the minimum cost benefit score required to be achieved by an area in order for scheme works to be deemed viable; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21673/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 327 to 329, inclusive, together.
The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding is the OPW’s Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The Programme is focussing on 300 Areas for Further Assessment (AFAs) including 90 coastal areas, mainly in urban locations nationwide, identified as being at potentially signifi...

328. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps which will be taken to provide flood protection and defences in areas in which schemes have been deemed to be financially unviable; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21674/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 327 to 329, inclusive, together.
The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding is the OPW’s Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The Programme is focussing on 300 Areas for Further Assessment (AFAs) including 90 coastal areas, mainly in urban locations nationwide, identified as being at potentially signifi...

329. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the parameters used and methodology employed in order to assess each flood defence scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21675/17 asked on 09 May 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 327 to 329, inclusive, together.
The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding is the OPW’s Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. The Programme is focussing on 300 Areas for Further Assessment (AFAs) including 90 coastal areas, mainly in urban locations nationwide, identified as being at potentially signifi...

146. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the areas along the River Shannon identified by the Office of Public Works in 2009 of being in need of serious and immediate flood prevention measures and works; the number of these areas that have undergone the necessary flood prevention measures and works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21240/17 asked on 04 May 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 146 to 148, inclusive, together.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) is delivering a multi-annual programme of capital investment in flood defence measures, with €430 million provided for in the Capital Investment Plan 2016 to 2021. Since 2009, a number of major flood defence schemes have been completed in the Shannon catchment area including Ennis Upper and Derrymullen, Balli...

147. Deputy David Cullinane asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the details and location of works that have been completed to address flooding along the River Shannon in County Leitrim since 2009; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21241/17 asked on 04 May 2017 - Flood Prevention Measures)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I propose to take Questions Nos. 146 to 148, inclusive, together.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) is delivering a multi-annual programme of capital investment in flood defence measures, with €430 million provided for in the Capital Investment Plan 2016 to 2021. Since 2009, a number of major flood defence schemes have been completed in the Shannon catchment area including Ennis Upper and Derrymullen, Balli...