151. Deputy Terence Flanagan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide more funding to areas (details supplied) in Dublin 13 and County Dublin regarding flooding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 49046/14 asked on 18 Dec 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris) (Deputy Simon Harris): It is matter for Fingal County Council (FCC) in the first instance to investigate and address flooding issues in the County. It is understood that the recent flooding in the Howth and Sutton areas was due primarily to the inability of the local surface water drainage infrastructure to deal with the very intense rainfall that occurred. Any flooding resulting from inadequate storm wa...

188. Deputy Charlie McConalogue asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his attention has been drawn to funding that could assist an organisation (details supplied) in County Donegal to address flood damage dating from August 2014; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 46782/14 asked on 09 Dec 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): The cost of repairs to flood damaged properties would normally be covered by insurance taken out by individual property owners. There is no funding available from the Office of Public Works for this purpose. As regards the flooding in Ramelton it is a matter for Donegal County Council, in the first instance, to investigate and address flooding issues in the County. 
Ramelton was identified through the n...

201. Deputy Michelle Mulherin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the funding under the minor flood mitigation works and coastal protection scheme for Mayo County Council in the past year; the amounts that have been allocated; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 44105/14 asked on 18 Nov 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): In June of this year the Office of Public Works (OPW) approved two applications submitted by Mayo County Council under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme. Approved funding was €30,600 for works at Ballisnahyny/Glasvally, Ballinrobe and €14,850 for a project at Frenchbrook, Kilmaine.
Details of the projects and works involved are available on the OPW website at www.opw.ie under...

83. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to recent works by Kerry County Council, if he will provide additional funding to assist embankment repair works at a location (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40608/14 asked on 22 Oct 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 83 and 84 together.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) allocated substantial funding of €180,000 to Kerry County Council under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works & Coastal Protection Scheme in 2012 for embankment strengthening works at Cromane and Incherea. This funding has now been drawn down by the Council. 
The Government Decision of 11 February, 2014 specifically addresse...

84. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the applications he has received from the local authority to address flooding problems at a location (details supplied) in County Kerry; if he will visit the location and meet the local persons affected; the funding avenues that remain open to the local authority in respect of this location; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40609/14 asked on 22 Oct 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 83 and 84 together.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) allocated substantial funding of €180,000 to Kerry County Council under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works & Coastal Protection Scheme in 2012 for embankment strengthening works at Cromane and Incherea. This funding has now been drawn down by the Council. 
The Government Decision of 11 February, 2014 specifically addresse...

266. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding funding for damaged coastal areas (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 40416/14 asked on 21 Oct 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris) (Deputy Simon Harris): The Government Decision of 11 February, 2014 specifically addressed the allocation of funding for the repair of existing public infrastructure damaged by storms in the period of 13th December to 6th January 2014. The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DoECLG) wrote to Kerry County Council indicating that, based on the estimate submitted by the Council to t...

87. Deputy Michael Creed asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Office of Public Works has received a report from a consulting engineering firm regarding minor flood relief works carried out at a location (details supplied) in County Cork; if additional funding will be provided for 2016 for further flood relief works at this location; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33478/15 asked on 30 Sep 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): The Office of Public Works (OPW) has not received a report from a consulting engineering firm in relation to minor flood relief works carried out at Inchigeela, Co Cork. I can confirm however, that under the OPW Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme, Cork County Council received funding of €40,000 for flood relief works at Ballingeary/Inchigeela in 2011 and €45,000 for further works...

207. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason €45 million in promised Government funding for flood and storm prevention works remains unspent six months since the last of winter storms; if he will provide the Government’s plans for the spend of the remaining €45 million; if he will consider diverting some of this €45 million to other worthy projects that have not received an allocation; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 35957/14 asked on 23 Sep 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris) (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 207 and 208 together.
On 11 February 2014 the Government decided to allocate total funding of €69.5 million for repair of public infrastructure damaged by storms in the period 13 December, 2013 to 6 January, 2014. Of this total amount, the OPW is responsible only for the approval of programmes of works and the disbursement to local authorities of the ...

208. Deputy Dara Calleary asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he is satisfied with the Government’s efforts to fulfil the EU Directive on the assessment and management of flood risks; if he will provide an update on the progress made in this area. (Question 35963/14 asked on 23 Sep 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris) (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 207 and 208 together.
On 11 February 2014 the Government decided to allocate total funding of €69.5 million for repair of public infrastructure damaged by storms in the period 13 December, 2013 to 6 January, 2014. Of this total amount, the OPW is responsible only for the approval of programmes of works and the disbursement to local authorities of the ...

87. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide additional funding to assist embankment repair works at a location (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34979/14 asked on 18 Sep 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris) (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 87 and 88 together.
The Government Decision of 11 February, 2014 specifically addressed the allocation of funding for the repair of existing public infrastructure damaged by storms in the period of 13th December to 6th January 2014. The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DoECLG) wrote to Kerry County Council indicating tha...

88. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to address flooding problems at a location (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34980/14 asked on 18 Sep 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris) (Deputy Simon Harris): I propose to take Questions Nos. 87 and 88 together.
The Government Decision of 11 February, 2014 specifically addressed the allocation of funding for the repair of existing public infrastructure damaged by storms in the period of 13th December to 6th January 2014. The Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government (DoECLG) wrote to Kerry County Council indicating tha...

92. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to address flooding problems at a location (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34986/14 asked on 18 Sep 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris) (Deputy Simon Harris): The Office of Public Works received an application from Kerry County Council for funding under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for flood alleviation works at this location. This application is currently being assessed having regard to the eligibility criteria for the Scheme which requires the proposed works to be cost beneficial and to the availability ...

1493. Deputy Gerry Adams asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government if he will respond to the application for funding made by the Limerick City and County Council on 18 February 2014 in respect of severe flood damage on 1 February 2014; if funding will be granted; if so, when will it be issued; and when work is expected to start on the flood defences for Limerick City; if he will confirm that moneys granted will not be taken from moneys already granted or pledged to the regeneration project in the city; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 33194/14 asked on 17 Sep 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Alan Kelly): There were two distinct phases of severe weather which affected the country last winter, from 13 December 2013 to 6 January 2014 and from 27 January to 17 February 2014. My Department had an initial role in coordinating and collating details and costs of damage in the immediate aftermath of the severe weather, based on returns and estimates provided by local authorities.
On foot of a report provided by my Departmen...

1714. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport the amount of moneys designated by his Department for flood damage repair to projects in County Kerry following last winter’s floods and storms; the locations of these projects; the position regarding the progress on each; the percentages of the moneys designated that have been spent by Kerry County Council to date; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 34141/14 asked on 17 Sep 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport (Deputy Paschal Donohoe): As a result of the severe weather in the December/January period the Government confirmed additional funding of €16.8 million for repairs to roads damaged during the period 13 December 2013 to 6 January 2014. This funding is separate to the regional and local road individual grant allocations made by my Department to local authorities. Local authorities were notified of their allocations under severe weather on the 1st April 201...

272. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding funding in respect of a flood relief project (details supplied) in County Cork; and when a decision will issue. (Question 32167/14 asked on 17 Jul 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin)(Deputy Brendan Howlin): Cork County Council submitted an application in 2013 under the Office of Public Works (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for funding to carry out a flood risk assessment and to produce an outline design of flood relief proposals for Ballinhassig. 
The OPW wrote to the Council in August of last year indicating that it was not in a position to approve funding as this area was al...

12. Deputy Denis Naughten asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the current status of flood relief works on the River Suck; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 29519/14 asked on 09 Jul 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The River Suck is the main tributary of the River Shannon. It meets the Shannon a few kilometres north of the village of Shannonbridge. The River Suck forms part of the River Suck Joint Drainage District. As such, responsibility for maintenance of the channel rests with Galway and Roscommon County Councils. The maintenance work is undertaken through the River Suck Joint Drainage District Committee.
The most recent report rec...

208. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will make additional emergency funding available to repair-strengthen the embankment at Cromane Lower, Killorglin, County Kerry as homes and properties in the area are continuously at risk to flooding; if he will take into consideration that the winter is coming and come to the assistance of this community, as they cannot any longer afford the cost of protecting their homes and properties from tidal flooding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 28355/14 asked on 01 Jul 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The Government decided on 11th February to make available funding of up to €69.5 million for a programme of repair and remediation works to public infrastructure damaged in the storms from 13 December, 2013 to 6 January, 2014 based on estimates provided by the local authorities concerned. The figure of €69.5m included up to €1,226,920 for repair works to damaged coastal protection and flood defence infrastructure in County Kerr...

305. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his Department will provide a specific grant to Kerry County Council for repair works to an embankment at a location (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21095/14 asked on 13 May 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brian Hayes): I propose to take Questions Nos. 305 and 306 together.
As has been indicated in replies to previous questions on this matter, the Office of Public Works (OPW) is not responsible for the maintenance of the embankments at Cromane, Incherea and Glenbeigh. The OPW allocated funding to Kerry County Council of €180,000 under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme in 2012 for works to emba...

306. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if his Department will provide a specific grant to Kerry County Council for repair works to an embankment at a location in County Kerry (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 21096/14 asked on 13 May 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brian Hayes): I propose to take Questions Nos. 305 and 306 together.
As has been indicated in replies to previous questions on this matter, the Office of Public Works (OPW) is not responsible for the maintenance of the embankments at Cromane, Incherea and Glenbeigh. The OPW allocated funding to Kerry County Council of €180,000 under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme in 2012 for works to emba...

223. Deputy Billy Timmins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding funding for the Arklow flood defence scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19474/14 asked on 30 Apr 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brian Hayes): The draft Final Feasibility Report for the proposed Arklow flood defence scheme was submitted to the Office of Public Works (OPW) by Arklow Town Council (ATC) late last year. The report has been assessed by the OPW and comments in relation to some technical aspects of the proposals have been forwarded to ATC for consideration. When the report is finalised and, provided the preferred scheme is economicall...

227. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 193 of 11 March 2014, the position in relation to a project (details supplied) in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18915/14 asked on 30 Apr 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brian Hayes): As I indicated in the reply to the Question the Deputy refers to, the Government decided on 11th February, 2014 to allocate €69.5 million for repair and remediation works to public infrastructure damaged in the storms from 13th December 2013 to 6th January 2014, of which up to €19.6 million was allocated for repairs to damaged coastal protection and flood defence infrastructure. The allocation of funding ...

228. 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; the date on which it is expected that work will commence; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 18917/14 asked on 30 Apr 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brian Hayes): Clare County Council is undertaking the Ennis South flood alleviation project covering the St. Flannan’s College and Ballybeg areas in Ennis with funding being provided by the Office of Public Works (OPW). As indicated in reply to the Deputy’s Question on 4th February, 2014, the OPW raised certain issues in relation to aspects of the initial cost benefit analysis report for the scheme prepared by the Coun...

518. Deputy Barry Cowen asked the Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government the total funds allocated by his Department for storm and flood damage in the past six months; if he will provide in tabular form on a county basis a breakdown of the funds sought, allocated and paid to local authorities in response to the storm and flood damage which occurred in the past six months; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 19669/14 asked on 30 Apr 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government (Deputy Phil Hogan): The Government decided on 11 February that a sum of up to €70 million will be made available for a programme of repair and remediation works for public infrastructure damaged by the severe weather that affected the country between 13 December 2013 and 6 January 2014. €62m of this will be for local authorities in the areas worst affected. The Government further decided that, in respect of funding repair and restorat...

64. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will co-ordinate a plan to address coastal erosion-flood relief works in Ireland as a matter of priority; if he will bring all relevant parties to the table, that is the Department of Finance, the Office of Public Works, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government, local authorities and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport; if he will consider bringing all coastal erosion-flood relief works under the one Department and under one Minister; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17089/14 asked on 10 Apr 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brian Hayes) (Deputy Brian Hayes): I propose to take Questions Nos. 64 and 65 together.
Responsibility for coastal protection matters was transferred from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to the Office of Public Works in 2009. The OPW liaises closely as required with other Departments and public bodies that have a role or involvement in coastal matters. Coastal protection is addressed through a poli...

65. Deputy Tom Fleming asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will confirm that additional funding to the €3 million already announced for damage to public infrastructure will be made available, as a matter of urgency for coastal erosion-flood relief works in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 17120/14 asked on 10 Apr 2014 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brian Hayes) (Deputy Brian Hayes): I propose to take Questions Nos. 64 and 65 together.
Responsibility for coastal protection matters was transferred from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food to the Office of Public Works in 2009. The OPW liaises closely as required with other Departments and public bodies that have a role or involvement in coastal matters. Coastal protection is addressed through a poli...