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...

56. Deputy Robert Troy asked the Minister for Defence if he will extend the remit of the scheme he announced on 10 December 2015, for small businesses affected by flooding, in order that more businesses may apply, as currently funding is only available for businesses that are located within an area that pays local authority commercial rates; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2740/16 asked on 26 Jan 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government approved the allocation of €5m to be distributed as emergency humanitarian support 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 scheme, which is being administered by the Irish Red Cross Society, provides a once-off ex gratia contribution towards the costs of returning a business premises to its pre-...

66. Deputy Mattie McGrath asked the Minister for Defence the status of the funding available from his Department for compensation works in relation to flooding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1831/16 asked on 26 Jan 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister for Defence (Deputy Simon Coveney): The Government approved the allocation of €5m to be distributed as emergency humanitarian support 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 scheme, which is being administered by the Irish Red Cross Society, provides a once-off ex gratia contribution towards the costs of repair of damage incurred by organisations ...

70. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will respond to an issue relating to flood funding raised by an organisation (details supplied) in Cork city; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 2390/16 asked on 20 Jan 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Brendan Howlin): The Lower Lee (Cork City) Flood Relief Scheme is at design stage with the outline design expected to be completed in the next few months. At the same time, an Environmental Impact Statement will be completed. It is expected that this will allow the holding of a formal public exhibition in mid 2016 following which work on the detailed design will be progressed with the aim of enabling the OPW to submit the Scheme for Ministerial ...

65. Deputy Seán Kyne asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress on introducing the €430 million fund for defence works, given the recent flooding and the damage to coastal communities and the higher frequency of more severe Atlantic storms over the past number of years. (Question 1914/16 asked on 19 Jan 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris) (Deputy Simon Harris): The provision of €430 million funding for flood risk management has already been made by the Government and was announced in the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Plan 2016 – 2021 published in September 2015.
This funding is being made available to the Office of Public Works (OPW) through the annual Estimates process and allows for a graduated increase in the annual capital alloc...

167. Deputy Timmy Dooley asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when he will make a decision on a funding allocation on the basis of Clare County Council’s submission of a feasibility study which examined the flooding issues and proposed a flood defence scheme for Seafield and Clohaninchy in County Clare; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1837/16 asked on 19 Jan 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): The Office of Public Works (OPW) is reviewing the feasibility study report prepared by the engineering consultants engaged by Clare County Council to examine the flooding issues at the location mentioned. The OPW will be responding to the Council as soon as possible once it has completed a full review of the feasibility study report.
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138. Deputy Brendan Griffin asked the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine if owners of lands flooded in recent storms will have access to moneys they paid into a trust fund (details supplied) to repair the damage caused; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1593/16 asked on 14 Jan 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine (Deputy Simon Coveney): There is provision in the Trust to pay capital money to carry out necessary work in the case of a sudden or unusual event. It does not envisage paying all the Trust money and a penalty will apply where funds invested in Bonds are redeemed in advance of their maturity date. 
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268. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount of funding budgeted in 2015 for the Office of Public Works overall flood risk management programme; the amount of this that was budgeted for expenditure on capital flood relief works; the amount of the overall budget spent to 31 December 2015; the amount of this that was spent on expenditure on capital flood relief works; the budget for the OPW’s overall flood risk management programme for 2016 and, separately, the budget for expenditure on capital flood relief works in 2016; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 1048/16 asked on 13 Jan 2016 - Flood Relief Schemes Funding)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Simon Harris): The information requested is shown in the table following:
 Expenditure Heading 2015 Budget(Revised Estimates Volume)€m 2015 Provisional Outturn€m 2016 Budget Estimate€m Overall Flood Risk Management Programme (Note 1)of which:Capital Flood Relief Works (Note 2) 87.81561.284 75.04948.368 80.74652.561 

Note 1. The amounts shown for this heading include provision for expenditure on capital...