309. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of applications that have been made under the flood relocation scheme by county; the number that have been successful and refused respectively, by county; and his plans to make changes to the scheme. (Question 16159/18 asked on 17 Apr 2018 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): 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 during December 4th 2015 to January 13th 2016. This is a national scheme of humanitarian assistance, targeting aid at those worst affected properties, for which there are no alternative feasible measures. 
The Government ...

149. Deputy Shane Cassells asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the applications submitted to the Office of Public Works by Kilkenny County Council in each of the past three years to address major flooding problems and under the minor works flood relief fund; if the local authority can submit minor works applications for areas included in the CFRAM reports; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 14360/18 asked on 28 Mar 2018 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Kilkenny County Council has written to the Office of Public Works in relation to the report it commissioned from Arup Engineering on individual property protection to address the flooding problems at Graiguenamanagh and Thomastown. Initial discussions have taken place between the Council and the OPW in relation to the report. The matter will be considered and discussed further between the two bodie...

161. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number and list of flood alleviation and protection schemes funded in each year from 2015 to 2017 and to date in 2018; the amount committed to each project; the projects for which funding has been requested but not yet awarded or allocated; his plans to fund such projects within the remainder of the capital plan; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 7030/18 asked on 13 Feb 2018 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The following table sets out the major flood relief schemes which have been and are being funded by the Office of Public Works (OPW) and on which expenditure was incurred from the 1st January, 2015, to 9th February, 2018, along with the estimated whole life costs of each scheme.
 Scheme Estimated “Whole life costs” Athlone, Co Westmeath** €12m approx Bandon, Co Cork** €25.5m Bray, Co Wic...

17. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the flooding projects undertaken in 2017; the status of the projects planned for 2018; the position regarding CFRAM; if his Department has a role in ensuring insurance companies process storm damage claims in a timely manner; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2340/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The following tables set out the position on major flood relief schemes – those that were at construction in 2017 and those that will be at construction stage in 2018.
Table 1 (Schemes at construction in 2017)
 Scheme Status Athlone, Co Westmeath At construction since 2017; expected completion end of 2020 Bandon, Co Cork Construction ongoing; expected completion second half 2019 Bellurga...

65. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of flood defence projects that were initiated in 2017; the money spent on each project; the projected amount to be spent on each project; the projected timeframe for the completion of each project; the projects that have been delayed; the reason therefor; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2488/18 asked on 18 Jan 2018 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Office of Public Works (OPW) has an existing capital programme of major flood relief schemes which includes eight schemes currently at construction, eight further schemes to be advanced to construction in 2018 and 18 additional schemes at various stages of design/planning. Work is also ongoing on 10 schemes which are completed/substantially completed and operational but which have some small mino...

17. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the flood relief projects undertaken in 2017; the projects planned for 2018; the status of CFRAM; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53461/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Deputy Dara Calleary: I ask the Minister of State to provide an update on the status of CFRAM and on the major projects that are planned. I do not want a long list of everything the Minister of State has done, which I am sure he had planned to give, just an update on CFRAM and the major projects planned for 2018.
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505. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the number of farmers impacted by severe flooding in County Donegal in August 2017 that applied to his Department for direct financial aid for losses (details supplied); the number of farmers that have been issued payments to date. (Question 50672/17 asked on 28 Nov 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The 2017 Flood Damage Relief Measure was implemented in response to the severe localised flooding experienced in the Inishowen area on August 22nd 2017. The closing date for applications was September 29th.
314 applications for financial aid were received which are broken down into the following categories.
 - Category Number of applications Category 1 loss of livestock 40 Category 2 loss of conserved fodder 61 ...

249. Deputy Fergus O’Dowd asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the flood relief works including detailed expenditure and plans in the County Louth and east County Meath areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34164/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): In relation to the current position on flood relief works in counties Louth and Meath, I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works as follows:
Meath: Construction commenced on the Northlands Estate, Bettystown Flood Relief works in late October 2016 with an estimated project budget of €2.5m. It is anticipated that the works will take approximately 52 weeks to complete. €850,000 has been expen...

239. Deputy Maureen O’Sullivan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the flood relief works that have been completed by the OPW and other State or local bodies in Dublin 1, 3 and 7, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18374/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The Office of Public Works (OPW) has undertaken significant flood relief works, either by undertaking such works directly or by funding works undertaken by Dublin City Council, on the north side of Dublin City over the last 15 years. 
The following major schemes have been carried out:
 Scheme/Works Year Completed River Tolka (Dublin City Council Area) 2008 Spencer Dock 2009 
Approximately €11...

914. Deputy Ciarán Cannon asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the minor works flood relief projects for County Galway which have been sanctioned by the OPW since January 2016 to date; and the amount allocated to each project. (Question 25516/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The Office of Public Works has approved funding of €365,869 to Galway County Council for 12 projects under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme since January 2016.
Full details are available at http://www.opw.ie/en/floodriskmanagement/operations/minorfloodworkscoastalprotectionscheme/listsofminorworksapprovals/
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442. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of applications made by Mayo County Council (details supplied) under the minor flood relief scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20769/16 asked on 12 Jul 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that applications under the Office of Public Works’ (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme have been received from Mayo County Council for projects at Ballina and Foxford Co. Mayo. The applications are currently being assessed and a reply will issue to Mayo County Council in due course. The assessment of the applications will hav...

137. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the inter-departmental policy co-ordination group on applications for relocation following recent flooding events will make its decisions; the process that will be involved; if each household that was flooded will have to apply individually for relocation; if application forms are available for this purpose; if not, when will they be available; if the group is considering the option of remedial works as an alternative to relocation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6862/16 asked on 14 Apr 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): The Inter-Departmental Flood Policy Co-ordination Group, as part of its final report to Government, is examining implementation aspects of any future relocation scheme in the context of the schemes to be devised for each of the affected areas under the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. Aligned to publication of the draft CFRAM flood risk management plans for public consult...

548. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the amounts submitted to his Department as estimates for flood damage from the recent floods, by local authority. (Question 4419/16 asked on 02 Feb 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): My Department is responsible for the response phase only of severe weather related emergencies including flooding. As part of the response related activities undertaken in relation to the recent flooding, my Department wrote to the Local Authorities and asked them to submit details of the exceptional costs they incurred in the response, clean-up and necessary immediate works. As part of this exercise estimates of t...

252. Deputy Niall Collins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the Foynes flood alleviation scheme; when the contractor will be appointed to construct it; the construction schedule; the consultation that has taken place with the local community; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46482/15 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): Limerick City and County Council (LCCC) are leading on and managing the Foynes flood relief project. The Office of Public Works agreed to fund these works and in December 2015 issued approval to the local authority to proceed. I am advised that LCCC is currently finalising formal agreements with stakeholders and a letter of intent has issued to the successful contractor. The Council expects to appoint ...

443. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Defence how many businesses in County Mayo have applied for assistance; how many have received assistance; the total value of payments made under the Irish Red Cross scheme for businesses affected by flooding since 11 December 2015; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1040/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government approved the allocation of €5m for an emergency humanitarian support scheme to small businesses and community, sporting and voluntary bodies which through no fault of their own have been unable to secure flood insurance and have been flooded recently. The Irish Red Cross has agreed to administer the scheme.
The Irish Red Cross Society is an independent charitable organisation with full power to manage its own affairs. I, as Minister f...

344. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide an update regarding flood relief works (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34857/14 asked on 17 Sep 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): Repair works to 15m of collapsed sea wall at Strand Road, Sutton were included in the programme of works Fingal County Council submitted to the Office of Public Works on foot of the Government Decision of 11 February that allocated funding for repairs of coastal protection and flood defence infrastructure damaged in the period 13th December to 6th January. The Council has indicated that these works are no...

332. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding the planned flood relief scheme in Cork city; the timeline for the delivery of the project; the nature of the public consultation that will be held; if he will ensure that a fully manned consultation period over a number of days in the city is held; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 31088/14 asked on 15 Jul 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that work on developing a flood relief scheme for Cork City has been underway for some time. The Scheme covers the area from Inniscarra Dam to downstream of the City on the River Lee, and it will also include proposals for Blackpool and Ballyvolane which are affected by tributaries of the River Lee. 
The OPW will hold a public information day on the Scheme in Cork City Council ...

205. Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding the Skibbereen flood relief scheme; the commencement and completion dates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28347/14 asked on 01 Jul 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 205 to 207, inclusive, together.
I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works in relation to the proposed flood relief scheme for Skibbereen the position is that the detailed design of the Scheme is nearing completion. The first stage of the procurement process for a civil works contractor to undertake the works has been commenced by Cork County Council, which is the Contracting Authority fo...

206. Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding the Clonakilty flood relief scheme; the commencement and completion dates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28348/14 asked on 01 Jul 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 205 to 207, inclusive, together.
I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works in relation to the proposed flood relief scheme for Skibbereen the position is that the detailed design of the Scheme is nearing completion. The first stage of the procurement process for a civil works contractor to undertake the works has been commenced by Cork County Council, which is the Contracting Authority fo...

207. Deputy Jim Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding the Bandon flood relief scheme; the commencement and completion dates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28349/14 asked on 01 Jul 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I propose to take Questions Nos. 205 to 207, inclusive, together.
I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works in relation to the proposed flood relief scheme for Skibbereen the position is that the detailed design of the Scheme is nearing completion. The first stage of the procurement process for a civil works contractor to undertake the works has been commenced by Cork County Council, which is the Contracting Authority fo...

210. Deputy Kevin Humphreys asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform since 1 June 2014 if he will list the areas that are covered under the memorandum of understanding between the Office of Public Works and insurance companies; if the OPW is monitoring the implementation of its terms; if it has been confirmed that homeowners can now access flood insurance in these areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28410/14 asked on 01 Jul 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that on the 24 March this year then Minister Brian Hayes announced details of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Office of Public Works and Insurance Ireland on the exchange of information on flood defence works. This Memorandum of Understanding outlines the principles of agreement between the OPW and Insurance Ireland on the information being provided and how it wi...

322. Deputy Michael McCarthy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding the provision of a flood relief scheme in respect of an area (details supplied) in County Cork; the progress that has been made to date on this scheme; the prospective timeline in which he expects work to get under way; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 22662/14 asked on 27 May 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Data)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): Consultants were appointed by the Office of Public Works (OPW) in December 2010 to undertake a study of the flooding problem in Bandon. The proposed recommendations in the completed study were brought to formal public exhibition in June 2012 under the Arterial Drainage Acts. The proposed scheme which would provide protection to over 360 properties in the town was welcomed at the time by the public. Some changes were made to t...