150. Deputy Michael McGrath asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount of funding budgeted in 2017 for flood relief works; the amount actually spent to date; the budget for such works in 2018; and if he will make a statement on the matter. (Question 53772/17 asked on 14 Dec 2017)

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (Deputy Kevin Boxer Moran): The allocation for flood relief works in the 2017 Estimates is €60.788 million, of which €45.019 million relates to capital expenditure on flood relief projects and €15.769 million relates to maintenance works on completed arterial drainage schemes. The total amount spent in the year up to 13th December was €53.348 million. It is anticipated that the full allocation will be spent by the end of the year.

The total allocation in the 2018 Estimates for these areas is €83.972 million. This will allow for the continued implementation of the existing programme of flood relief capital works with completion of at least four major flood relief schemes currently at construction, the commencement of up to eight new major schemes and the continued development and design of a further 17 schemes in the existing programme. In addition, the 2018 allocation will allow for the advancement to more detailed project level assessment of a number of flood relief projects included as part of an initial prioritised tranche of flood relief works proposed in the CFRAM Flood Risk Management Plans to be announced once those Plans have been approved by the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform.

The allocation will also provide for the delivery in 2018 of the ongoing programme of maintenance of completed arterial drainage schemes.