14. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the development of the Enniscorthy flood defence scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53251/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

(Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The River Slaney-Enniscorthy flood relief scheme is being progressed by Wexford County Council as the contracting authority, with funding by the Office of Public Works.
Good progress is being made in advancing the scheme and a significant amount of the necessary ground work to inform the detailed design of the scheme has been carried out to date. Further work is required on the technical and cost aspects before the scheme is ready to be brought to a public informatio...

164. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the announcement of €10 million for the Crossmolina flood relief channel will be confirmed; the next steps for this project as projected; the timeframe for its completion; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 51681/17 asked on 05 Dec 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): Following the completion of extensive technical survey work, the engineering consultants for the proposed flood relief scheme in Crossmolina will present to the Office of Public Works (OPW) shortly their final Report on the assessment of options for the scheme. The consultants have indicated that their Report will show a diversion channel upstream of Crossmolina as the preferred option for dealing ...

70. Deputy Pearse Doherty asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the south Ennis flood scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 47382/17 asked on 09 Nov 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme is being progressed by Clare County Council as the Contracting Authority with funding from the Office of Public Works. When completed the scheme will provide protection for 74 residential and 10 non-residential properties in the area.
A report on the outcome of the tender process is currently being reviewed and this should be completed shortly. It is hoped that t...

91. 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 40817/17 asked on 27 Sep 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Ennis South Scheme is being progressed by Clare County Council (CCC) with funding from the Office of Public Works (OPW). When completed the scheme will provide protection for 74 residential and 10 non-residential properties in the area.
CCC invited tenders for the proposed works on 7 March 2017. The tenders have been received and assessed by CCC and its consultants. A report has now been submi...

55. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Enniscorthy flood defence scheme will be addressed over the coming months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40455/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The River Slaney (Enniscorthy) Flood Relief Scheme is being progressed by Wexford County Council in conjunction with and funded by the Office of Public Works.
Good progress is being made in advancing the Scheme and a significant amount of the necessary preparatory work to inform the detailed design of the scheme has been carried out to date. 
A Public Information Day is planned to be held in Q1 2018,...

110. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding a flood protection scheme (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40588/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 110 and 111 together.
I am advised that the reports on Whitestrand, Spanish Point and Liscannor have been received from Clare County Council and are currently being examined by the OPW technical staff. This technical review will be completed in the near future and the OPW will have further discussions with Clare County Council. 
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111. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding a flood protection scheme (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40589/17 asked on 26 Sep 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 110 and 111 together.
I am advised that the reports on Whitestrand, Spanish Point and Liscannor have been received from Clare County Council and are currently being examined by the OPW technical staff. This technical review will be completed in the near future and the OPW will have further discussions with Clare County Council. 
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206. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of a flood protection scheme (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39254/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I am advised that in July 2017 the Commissioners of Public Works approved funding of €36,000 to Clare County Council (CCC) under the Office of Public Works Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection scheme for the engagement of engineering consultants to progress the detailed design of a project at Cloughaninchy Co Clare. CCC has indicated that the consultant has been appointed and an initi...

207. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of a flood protection scheme (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 39270/17 asked on 20 Sep 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): At the Office of Public Works’ (OPW) request, the consultants on the Shannon CFRAM study carried out a review of the options for addressing the flooding problem in Clonlara. This review has identified an outline viable solution, which is now included in the draft Flood Risk Management Plan for this area. 
Clare County Council (CCC) has requested approval to advance a detailed project-level assessmen...

261. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the Enniscorthy flood defence scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34402/17 asked on 13 Jul 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The River Slaney (Enniscorthy) Flood Relief Scheme is currently being progressed by Wexford County Council with funding provided by the Office of Public Works. The current position is as follows –
Wexford County Council has appointed two separate consultants for the flood relief scheme and for an associated bridge. The majority of Ecological surveys are complete. The bird survey is ongoing, as is a...

183. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of a flood relief project (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32356/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): At the Office of Public Works’ request, the consultants on the Shannon CFRAM study carried out a review of the options for addressing the flooding problem in Clonlara. This review has identified an outline viable solution which is now included in the draft Flood Risk Management Plan for this area. Clare County Council has recently requested approval to advance a detailed project-level assessment and...

184. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding a flood protection project (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32357/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 184 and 185 together.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) recently received two reports from Clare County Council (CCC), one regarding Cloughaninchy and one on Quilty West. The review of the submission on Cloughaninchy is almost complete and the OPW will be in contact with CCC very shortly on this. The submission on Quilty West is currently being considered and OPW wil...

185. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position in relation to a flood protection scheme (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 32381/17 asked on 11 Jul 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): I propose to take Questions Nos. 184 and 185 together.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) recently received two reports from Clare County Council (CCC), one regarding Cloughaninchy and one on Quilty West. The review of the submission on Cloughaninchy is almost complete and the OPW will be in contact with CCC very shortly on this. The submission on Quilty West is currently being considered and OPW wil...

182. Deputy Tom Neville asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the flood alleviation scheme for Ballysteen, County Limerick. (Question 30091/17 asked on 27 Jun 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The Office of Public Works (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme is a scheme under which the OPW may provide funding assistance and support to local authorities to undertake viable, cost effective, localised and small scale flood relief works in their administrative areas. 
An application for funding under the scheme for this area was received from Limerick City and County ...

26. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of essential maintenance works along the River Shannon; and his plans to remove the silt deposits and pinch points along the river downstream of Athlone. (Question 26047/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): In January 2016, the Government took decisive action to support the existing plans in place to address flooding on the Shannon and established the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group to enhance ongoing co-operation of all State agencies involved with the River Shannon. The Group is also adding value to the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme, which is t...

29. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when flood defence construction works will advance in the upper Lee area for Inchigeelagh and Ballingeary. (Question 26236/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney) (Deputy Seán Canney): The core strategy for addressing areas at potentially significant risk from flooding is the Office of Public Work’s (OPW) Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. Three hundred locations nationwide, designated as Areas for Further Assessment (AFAs), are being assessed under the Programme, which is being undertaken by engineering consultants on behalf of the OP...

34. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the flood prevention programme; the key projects that will be carried out in 2017; the key projects that have been completed in 2017; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 26200/17 asked on 01 Jun 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The Government has committed to a provision of €430 million for capital flood risk management measures over the period 2016-2021 with the annual allocation rising from €45m to €100m by 2021. This allocation is broken down as follows:
 2017 2018 2019 2020 2021 €45m €70m €80m €90m €100m 

This will allow for the completion of projects in the current Capital Programme and the commencement of...

174. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress being made in advancing flood defences in the Upper Lee catchment area. (Question 21884/17 asked on 10 May 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The Lee Flood Risk Management Plan, developed under the Lee Pilot Study and finalised in 2014, made a number of recommendations specific to the Upper Lee (upstream of Inniscarra Dam). The preferred option for the design of the Ballymakeera scheme is being finalised. Design options for the Crookstown scheme are being reviewed.
A review of the measures for Macroom set out in the Lee CFRAM study is being un...

208. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of planned flood relief works (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20935/17 asked on 03 May 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I am advised that an application for funding under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works & Coastal Protection scheme has been submitted by Cork County Council for a project at Ballintubber, Carrigtohill, Co Cork and is currently under consideration in the Office of Public Works (OPW). Cork County Council will be the implementing authority for the proposed works and the Council will be contacted by the OPW for ...

213. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason for the delay in the Office of Public Works, OPW, formally approving the lower Morrell river flood relief scheme and the funding of same in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 20966/17 asked on 03 May 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I refer the Deputy to my previous reply on this matter on the 12 April, 2017.
Kildare County Council (KCC) is the Contracting Authority for the Lower Morrell River Flood Relief Scheme and the Council is managing and overseeing the necessary work to progress the scheme. 
Formal approval of the scheme and its funding by the Office of Public Works (OPW) will happen when the Council and its consultants complet...

242. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason for the delay in the OPW formally approving the Lower Morrell river flood-relief scheme and the funding of same, in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18362/17 asked on 12 Apr 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): I refer the Deputy to my previous reply on this matter on the 21 March 2017.
Kildare County Council (KCC) is the Contracting Authority for the Lower Morrell River Flood Relief Scheme and the Council is managing and overseeing the necessary work to progress the scheme. 
Formal approval of the scheme and its funding by the Office of Public Works (OPW) will happen when KCC and its consultants complete the det...

629. Deputy Joan Burton asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason for the delay in the OPW formally approving the lower Morell River flood relief scheme and the funding of same in County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 13116/17 asked on 21 Mar 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): Kildare County Council (KCC) is the Contracting Authority for the Lower Morell River Flood Relief Scheme and the Council is managing and overseeing the necessary work to progress the scheme. 
Formal approval of the scheme and its funding by the Office of Public Works (OPW) will happen when KCC and its consultants complete the detailed design and the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and are ready to sub...

476. Deputy Bernard J. Durkan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the necessary funding is likely to be approved for drainage and flood prevention works associated with the Morrell river, County Kildare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 10438/17 asked on 28 Feb 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

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 finalising the Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and detailed design of the scheme which includes liaising with the various landowners/stakeholders wh...

482. Deputy Margaret Murphy O’Mahony asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the completion of the OPW report on the solution to the flooding problem at Paddy’s Bridge, Ballinhassig, County Cork and the provision of funds for the solutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 9744/17 asked on 28 Feb 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): The Office of Public Works (OPW) is in the process of preparing a prefeasibility report to identify a possible flood relief solution with initial cost benefit analysis for Ballinhassig. 
OPW engineering staff conducted a public information event with residents of Ballinhassig, local representatives and Cork County Council on 16 December 2016. The briefing highlighted the progress of the study to date. It...

318. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the flood relief works which have been carried out on the River Clare in County Galway as part of the Clare river, Claregalway, drainage scheme; the works which remain to be carried out; if flood relief works are proposed for Lisheenavallagh in Claregalway; when they will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 6730/17 asked on 14 Feb 2017 - Flood Relief Schemes Status)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Seán Canney): Flood relief works are being carried out on the Clare River (Claregalway) Drainage Scheme (FRS) over a 3-year period with substantial completion expected to be achieved by the end of 2018. Works are currently being progressed by the Office of Public Works’ (OPW’) direct labour force which has a lot of experience in undertaking such works in environmentally sensitive areas. 
In recognition of the significa...