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Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Prevention Measures (14 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: The Office of Public Works is continuing to carry out repair works on damaged flood defences on the River Maine Scheme. Given the extent of works required and the limitations of available resources, works are prioritised and carried out on a planned phased basis. I can assure the Deputy that an inspection at Ballymcpierce will take place as soon as possible and, should remedial works be...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Coastal Protection (13 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: It is a matter for Kerry County Council in the first instance to assess and identify priorities for coastal protection works in its area. It is open to the Council to apply for funding under the Office of Public Works (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme. Any application received will be assessed under the relevant eligibility criteria, including a requirement...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Prevention Measures (13 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: The Memorandum of Understanding between Insurance Ireland and the Office of Public Works (OPW) provides that OPW will provide Insurance Ireland with data on all completed OPW flood defence schemes showing the design, extent and nature of the protection offered by the works. From 1 June 2014, Insurance Ireland members will take into account all information provided by OPW when assessing...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Garda Stations Closures (13 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: The Commissioners of Public Works have placed three former Garda Stations under this guardianship arrangement. The stations in question have telecommunications masts generating income from licence fees from the mobile phone operators. Accordingly, it has been decided that they will not be placed on the market at this time. The properties in question are considered to be commercially...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Garda Stations Closures (13 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that there have been no incidents of vandalism or damage to closed Garda Stations.

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Architectural Heritage (13 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that they have not had any discussions with the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht in relation to properties under the care of the National Parks and Wildlife Service. If the Deputy has a specific case in mind, he might raise the matter directly with the Commissioners who will be happy to answer any queries in this regard.

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Prevention Measures (13 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: The Office of Public Works (OPW) is continuing to carry out repair works on damaged flood defences on the River Maine Scheme. Given the extent of works required and the limitations of available resources, works are prioritised and carried out on a planned phased basis. Emergency repair works were carried to a breached embankment at Garrane, Killorglin, in February of this year. These...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Relief Schemes Funding (13 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: I propose to take Questions Nos. 305 and 306 together. As has been indicated in replies to previous questions on this matter, the Office of Public Works (OPW) is not responsible for the maintenance of the embankments at Cromane, Incherea and Glenbeigh. The OPW allocated funding to Kerry County Council of €180,000 under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme in...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Prevention Measures (13 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: The Coolturk River does not form part of an Office of Public Works (OPW) arterial drainage scheme and, as a result, the OPW is not responsible for its maintenance. It remains open to Mayo County Council to apply for funding to undertake any necessary works under the OPW's Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme. Any application received would be assessed under the...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Prevention Measures (13 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: I am advised that the Office of Public Works (OPW) has not carried out studies at this location. OPW engineering staff visited the area last year to investigate reports of flooding. I understand that works were carried out in the area by a contractor on behalf of Galway County Council, relating to the construction of a group water scheme. In this regard the matter should be raised with the...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Prevention Measures (13 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: The Office of Public Works (OPW), in association with Galway County Council, has developed a Flood Relief Scheme, under the Arterial Drainage Acts, for the Clare River in the environs of Claregalway. The Scheme has been approved by the Commissioners of Public Works and has been submitted to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform for Confirmation i.e. statutory approval, in...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Properties (13 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: In 1994, Wexford Borough Council agreed to transfer land at Crescent Quay/Anne Street, Wexford Town to the Commissioners of Public Works in return for a site at King Street, Wexford Town, owned by the Commissioners. New Government Offices accommodating a number of Government Departments were constructed on the Crescent Quay/Anne Street site by the Commissioners of Public Works. The legal...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Departmental Properties (8 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: The table schedules the top 30 leases held by the Commissioners of Public Works. The table shows the agreed rent per annum and the Landlord. The Commissioners are not in a position to supply details on leasing arrangements that may have been entered into by other Government Departments or Agencies on behalf of the State. LOCATION PROPERTY ANNUAL RENT LANDLORD DUBLIN 01 Abbey Street Upper...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: National Monuments (8 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: Substantial conservation works are underway at Ballymalis Castle, necessitated by the need to remove inappropriate cement and concrete from the structure and to resolve a range of structural issues. The building is in fragile condition currently and needs significant stabilisation works. Work on the project commenced over a year ago when scaffolding was erected. This facilitated the...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Garda Stations Refurbishment (7 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: The Commissioners of Public Works are in discussions with An Garda Síochána regarding the relocation of the prefabricated building to a suitable alternative location.

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Prevention Measures (7 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: As I indicated in my reply to reply to Question no: 239 on Wednesday, 30 April, 2014, the preferred solution identified by Iarnród Éireann's (IE) consultants for flooding at Ballycar Lough involved a piped culvert to increase the discharge from the Lough, with an eventual discharge into a back-drain system behind flood-defence embankments maintained by the Office of Public Works...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Garda Stations Closures (6 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: The Office of Public Works (OPW) is currently assessing the property options arising in respect of all closed Garda Stations including the former Garda Station in Ballyragget, Co. Kilkenny. The stated policy is to identify if other State Bodies, including government departments and the wider public sector has a use for the property. If there is no other State use for a property the OPW will...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Prevention Measures (6 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: The scheme referred to by the Deputy was an option for mitigation measures in the Mannin Cross area of South Galway that was considered in the 1998 Report. The report concluded that while the economic justification of this proposal was not strong, it did merit further investigation. A Design Report on the Mannin Cross Scheme was commissioned by the Office of Public Works (OPW) and...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Severe Weather Events Expenditure (6 May 2014)

Brian Hayes: The Government decided on 11 February, 2014 to make available funding of up to €69.5 million for a programme of repair and remediation works to roads, coastal protection and flood defence and other public infrastructure damaged in the storms from 13 December, 2013 to 6 January, 2014 based on estimates provided by the local authorities concerned. Of the total amount being made...

Topical Issue Debate: Flood Relief Schemes Funding (30 Apr 2014)

Brian Hayes: I will take the last question first. We are at a very advanced stage with the feasibility report. We have gone back to Arklow Town Council for a number of observations and I expect the issue to be resolved by the summer. Once the report is back with us we will know the preferred design and the cost-benefit ratio, which will clearly be strong, given that 600 properties are involved, of...

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