19. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if funding for the flood relief works that are needed in Mountmellick and Portarlington, County Laois will be committed to once a final plan is presented by Laois County Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53248/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 19 and 25 together.
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 productio...

25. Deputy Brian Stanley asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount available over the next two years for flood relief works; if he will assign a sufficient amount for capital works in the Mountmellick and Portarlington areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53249/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 19 and 25 together.
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 productio...

150. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount of funding budgeted in 2017 for flood relief works; the amount actually spent to date; the budget for such works in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53772/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The allocation for flood relief works in the 2017 Estimates is €60.788 million, of which €45.019 million relates to capital expenditure on flood relief projects and €15.769 million relates to maintenance works on completed arterial drainage schemes. The total amount spent in the year up to 13th December was €53.348 million. It is anticipated that the full allocation will be spent by the end of the y...

133. Deputy John McGuinness asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the funding and commencement of the flood relief scheme for Graiguenamanagh, County Kilkenny; the reason for the delay in starting the project; if the fallen trees, debris, overgrowth and rubbish will be removed from the outlets of the bridge in Graiguenamanagh to avoid further local flooding (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52636/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I assume the Deputy is referring to a potential scheme of Individual Property Protection (IPP) measures which is the subject of a Feasibility Study undertaken on behalf of Kilkenny County Council (KCC). 
The Feasibility Study Report, which was undertaken on a pilot basis, has been completed and submitted to the Office of Public Works (OPW) by KCC for consideration. The Report is currently being e...

134. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the funding that will be provided to Cavan County Council in 2018 for flood relief and drainage works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52650/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 134 and 135 together.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) carries out a national programme, on an average five-yearly cycle, of Arterial Drainage Maintenance to a total of 11,500km of river channel and approximately 730km of embankments nationally. These maintenance works relate to arterial drainage schemes completed by the OPW under the Arterial Drainage Acts 1945. 
The...

135. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the flood relief and drainage works that the Office of Public Works will carry out in County Cavan in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52651/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 134 and 135 together.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) carries out a national programme, on an average five-yearly cycle, of Arterial Drainage Maintenance to a total of 11,500km of river channel and approximately 730km of embankments nationally. These maintenance works relate to arterial drainage schemes completed by the OPW under the Arterial Drainage Acts 1945. 
The...

136. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the funding that will be provided to Monaghan County Council in 2018 for flood relief and drainage works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52652/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 136 and 137 together.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) carries out a national programme, on an average five-yearly cycle, of Arterial Drainage Maintenance to a total of 11,500km of river channel and approximately 730km of embankments nationally. These maintenance works relate to arterial drainage schemes completed by the OPW under the Arterial Drainage Acts 1945. 
Th...

137. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the flood relief and drainage works that the Office of Public Works will carry out in County Monaghan in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 52653/17 asked on 12 Dec 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 136 and 137 together.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) carries out a national programme, on an average five-yearly cycle, of Arterial Drainage Maintenance to a total of 11,500km of river channel and approximately 730km of embankments nationally. These maintenance works relate to arterial drainage schemes completed by the OPW under the Arterial Drainage Acts 1945. 
Th...

443. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if funding is available to assist farmers in County Donegal located near a river (details supplied) to clear it in view of the fact their farms were flooding in August 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 43933/17 asked on 17 Oct 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Arterial Drainage Acts of 1945 and 1995 provide the Office of Public Works with powers for drainage and improvement of agricultural land and the undertaking of localised flood defence schemes to reduce flood risk in urban areas. The Arterial Drainage Acts and SI 122 of 2010 Regulations also introduced OPW consent requirements for the creation and modification of watercourses, embankments, weirs and bridges. As such, any ...

1369. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine the amount of Exchequer funding allocated and expended under the emergency flood relief scheme 2015 to 2016. (Question 38480/17 asked on 11 Sep 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): In response to the flooding in December 2015 and January 2016, my Department put in place a range of supports for farmers in the areas most affected. As part of this response, a fund of up to €2 million was allocated to cover the associated expenditure for interventions such as the Emergency Flood Relief Measure, the Fodder Aid Scheme and the Emergency Animal Welfare support. From this allocation, €97,909 was paid to applica...

1470. Deputy Thomas Pringle asked the Minister for Social Protection the funding available for repairs of private property damaged by flooding; and if she will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36083/17 asked on 26 Jul 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister for Social Protection (Deputy Regina Doherty): The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government is the lead Department for severe weather emergencies and the Office of Public Works (OPW) has responsibility for capital flood relief activities. However, my Department has an important role to play in assisting households in the immediate aftermath of emergency events such as flooding through the humanitarian assistance scheme.
The purpose of the humanitarian assistance ...

1584. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans for funding for flood relief (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28625/17 asked on 20 Jun 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Michael Creed): The Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, recently announced the introduction of a once-off targeted Voluntary Homeowner Relocation Scheme. As part of the announcement the Minister outlined that further examination is ongoing by the OPW,  Local Authorities and Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine in evaluating, on an individual basis, if any alternative remedial works can be undertaken to...

146. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if funding will be provided for a location (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26479/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that funding of €107,016 has been approved under the Office of Public Works (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for a project at Incherea, Glenbeigh, Co Kerry. 
The progression of the works is a matter for Kerry County Council. 
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386. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if funding under the voluntary homeowner relocation scheme can be accessed by flood victims in areas other than the Shannon region; his views on the case (details supplied); if they meet the qualifying criteria; and if so the application process for same . (Question 24614/17 asked on 23 May 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney) (Deputy Seán Canney): On April 11th 2017, the Government agreed the administrative arrangements for a Homeowners Voluntary 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 Offi...

609. Deputy Seán Haughey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the OPW is providing funding to Dublin City Council for the flood defence project as part of the S2S footway and cycleway interim works scheme in Clontarf, Dublin 3; the amount of funding to be provided; if difficulties have been notified to his Department regarding these works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 12889/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney) (Deputy Seán Canney): My officials advise that the Office of Public Works is not providing any funding for the works at Clontarf to which you refer. These works are being funded entirely by Dublin City Council (DCC) under the S2S project and the Council is best placed to provide the most up to date information and details on progress with those works.
 ...

230. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has formally approved funding for the lower Morrell river flood relief scheme in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10631/17 asked on 01 Mar 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney) (Deputy Seán Canney): The Lower Morrell River flood relief scheme is being progressed by Kildare County Council (KCC) as the Contracting Authority for the scheme with funding provided by the Office of Public Works (OPW). 
I am advised that KCC and its consultants are currently finalising the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and detailed design of the scheme which includes liaising with the various lando...

25. Deputy Brendan Smith asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the level of funding that will be provided by the Office of Public Works to Cavan and Monaghan county councils in 2017 to deal with flooding problems; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 3271/17 asked on 26 Jan 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding, is the Office of Public Work’s Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. 300 locations nationwide are being assessed under the Programme, which is being undertaken by engineering consultants on behalf of the OPW working in partnership with the local authorities. 
CFRAM’s Preliminary Flood Risk Ass...

140. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if grants will be made available to homeowners that have had to carry out flood defence measures around their homes in areas in which flooding has become a consistent issue; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39278/16 asked on 08 Dec 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The Interdepartmental Flood Policy Coordination Group that I chair is considering the potential costs and benefits associated with the introduction of an individual property protection scheme. The Group will be informed by two pilot projects which are currently underway in Thomastown and Graiguenamanagh in County Kilkenny and Crossmolina in County Mayo. The Group’s work, when completed, will be submitted...

149. Deputy Willie Penrose asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will approve funding for the lower Morrell flood relief scheme in County Kildare, to enable Kildare County Council to seek planning approval for the scheme from An Bord Pleanála; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 36744/16 asked on 24 Nov 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The Lower Morrell River flood relief scheme is being progressed by Kildare County Council (KCC) as the Contracting Authority for the scheme with funding provided by the Office of Public Works (OPW). 
I am advised that KCC and its consultants are currently working on the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and detailed design of the scheme which includes liaising with the various landowners/stakeholders wh...

344. Deputy Jackie Cahill asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if there is funding ring fenced for a flood relief programme in Templemore, County Tipperary; if so, the amount; when it is due to commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35795/16 asked on 22 Nov 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): Provision in the amount of €9.27m has been made in the OPW multi-annual budgets for the construction of the River Mall (Templemore) Flood Relief Scheme. The scheme details are currently with the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform for formal Confirmation by the Minister. Following receipt of confirmation to proceed, OPW staff will require approximately 10 to 12 weeks to mobilise and commence cons...

175. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if funding will be made available to address a flooding threat at a location (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 27924/16 asked on 29 Sep 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney) (Deputy Seán Canney): It is a matter for Kerry County Council (KCC) in the first instance to investigate and address issues of coastal protection and flooding at the location indicated. If, following assessment, KCC can identify any economically and environmentally viable measures to address the flooding problem at this location it is open to KCC to undertake any required remedial works using its own resou...

500. Deputy Ciarán Cannon asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the OPW is in receipt of any funding applications for minor flood relief works from Galway County Council. (Question 26652/16 asked on 27 Sep 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney) (Deputy Seán Canney): I provided the Deputy with details of applications approved up to 31 August 2016 for Galway County Council (GCC) under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme in my reply to Parliamentary Question No. 614 of 16 September, 2016. Since that reply, a further two projects have been approved under the scheme and are set out in the following table.
Applications approv...

1718. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the funding distributed by his Department for reconstruction and repair works following recent flood damage, by county, in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 24346/16 asked on 16 Sep 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Shane Ross): ​A total of €94m has been allocated to local authorities in respect of regional and local roads by my Department under Tranche 1 and 2 of the severe weather funding in 2016. Local authorities have been advised that all works should be completed and allocations drawn down by the year end.   
 Local Authority Severe Weather Allocation 2016   € Carlow County Council 914,250 Cavan County Council 2,900,000 Clare County Cou...

70. Deputy Finian McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on correspondence (details supplied) regarding flood damage; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9063/16 asked on 04 May 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): I refer to my reply to the previous question on this same matter answered on 14 April 2016. Dublin City Council (DCC) was the Contracting Authority for the works carried out in the Clanmoyle Estate with funding provided by the Office of Public Works (OPW).
It is for DCC as the Contracting Authority in the first instance to consider this matter and the Council has informed the OPW that it is liaising with ...

33. Deputy Colm Keaveney asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 89 of 26 November 2015, if he reconsidered the case and if he will expedite the granting of funding for these necessary flood relief measures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 4504/16 asked on 03 Feb 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): As indicated in my reply to Parliamentary Question Number 89 of 26 November 2015, further information is required from Galway County Council (GCC) in relation to the determination of benefits attributable to the proposed works having regard to the complex nature of the cause of flooding at this location. 
No further submission has been received to date from GCC but it remains open to the Council to provi...