Thursday, 14 November 2019
Ceisteanna Eile - Other Questions
Flood Relief Schemes Status
17. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the preferred options for the flood relief works on the Sullane River, Ballyvourney, County Cork will be finalised; the impediments delaying the decision; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46899/19]
The threat of flooding has been a very real concern for many people in Ballyvourney for far too long. Background work has been carried out to prepare flood defences, but it is taking a long time to complete them and we are now facing another winter about which residents have very real concerns. I want to try to establish what kind of progress will be made in the short term and whether the Minister of State can assure people that flood defences for Ballyvourney will be put in place as quickly as possible.
I admit that we are behind with the work.
I can assure the Deputy that we will put this on public display in the first quarter of next year. There were environmental assessment problems and the Deputy is well aware of the situation.