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)
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 protect those at risk farm buildings that flooded in order to inform the feasibility of any future once-off targeted scheme for Voluntary Farm Building Relocation.
This is being progressed at present to determine the feasibility of any future scheme and prepare the potential criteria. At this point it is not possible to identify the individual circumstances that will be covered by any potential flood damage support measure.