24. Deputy Clare Daly asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the steps being taken to prevent further damage to dunes at Portrane, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53466/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017)
Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The problem of coastal erosion at Portrane is being addressed by Fingal County Council. The Council applied for and was approved funding of €57,800 in 2012 under the Office of Public Works’ Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme to carry out a Coastal Erosion Risk Management Study of Portrane to Rush. This study was completed and the Council has been working on the basis of its findings to identify an environmentally and economically viable solution to strengthen and rehabilitate the dune system at this location.
I am advised that the Council has established a local community liaison group and is working with it on the issue.
The Office of Public Works is not currently in receipt of an application from the Council under the Minor Works Scheme for works at Portrane. The OPW will liaise with the Council as appropriate in this regard should an application be received.