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Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Risk Management (16 Sep 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: Construction of the Fermoy North flood defence scheme commenced in 2009 and was completed in 2011.  The Scheme comprises grass-covered embankments, permanent walls, demountable flood barriers and pumping stations, and is designed to protect 77 properties on the north side of Fermoy against the 1-in-100-year flood event.  Damages avoided in such an event are estimated to be in the...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Office of Public Works (16 Sep 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 200, 201 and 202 together. The OPW is responsible for the maintenance of Arterial Drainage Schemes and catchment drainage schemes designated under the Arterial Drainage Acts of 1945 and 1995. The OPW carries out an annual programme of statutory Arterial Drainage Maintenance to a total of 11,500 km of river channel and approximately 730 km of embankments. The...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: National Monuments (15 Sep 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: Conolly folly is a National Monument in the care of the Office of Public Works.  It is considered that, in recent times, a vehicle of some type struck the boundary iron fence causing the visible damage.  Temporary barriers have been put in place until such time as the necessary repairs to the permanent fence can be undertaken. The CCTV system on site is a closed circuit system...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Office of Public Works (15 Sep 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: The OPW had 49 qualified horticulturists employed as of 1 September 2020 and 48 qualified horticulturalists as of 1 September 2021.

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Office of Public Works (15 Sep 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: The Office of Public works can confirm that there are no current plans to replace the windows at the location referred to by the Deputy . The windows, original (1948) Georgian style, timber sliding sash windows were fully refurbished in 2015 in this protect structure and are in good condition.

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Office of Public Works (9 Sep 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: I can confirm that The Office of Public Works (OPW)  have plans to carry out refurbishment works to the Garda Stations within the J and R Districts, the details of which are outlined in the following table.  The table include works funded by both the OPW and An Garda Síochána and the commencement of these works is subject to successful tendering process.  In...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Office of Public Works (9 Sep 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: The Office of Public Works is not in a position to provide the documentation as requested by the Deputy in this format but can provide the following update on developments since the flood event in Fermoy in February. The Fermoy North flood defence scheme construction commenced in 2009 and was completed in 2011.  The Scheme comprises grass embankments, permanent walls and...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Risk Management (9 Sep 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: Roscommon County Council had taken the decision to proceed with urgent works in response to high water levels at Lough Funshinagh under the provisions contained in the Local Authorities (Works) Act 1949.  As the responsibility for environmental assessments and planning lies with the Council, I have asked Roscommon County Council to contact you directly.

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Office of Public Works (9 Sep 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: The Office of Public Works has attempted to ensure good provision of benches and seating at Castletown Estate in recent years, however, all previous efforts to install benches in the Castletown demesne were abandoned due to repeated acts of vandalism. Please be advised that local management continues to seek to address this issue and is examining the possibility of installing...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: An Garda Síochána (9 Sep 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that An Garda Síochána notified the Office of Public Works (OPW) on the 6thAugust 2021 that there are no plans to redevelop the Garda station in Ashford, Co. Wicklow.  The Garda station has been unoccupied since it was extensively damaged in 2003. In line with the OPW’s policy for vacant and surplus properties, the Garda...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: An Garda Síochána (9 Sep 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: The refurbishment and extension works to Athlone Garda Station have been designed to make it wheelchair accessible which meets best practice accessibility provision and complies with the current Building Regulations.

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Office of Public Works (9 Sep 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: The Office of Public Works has undertaken an extensive programme of investigation, assessment and repairs to the Four Courts dome structure, including the dome, the decorative and supporting stone entablature and the capitals. It was necessary to have appropriate scaffolding in place to facilitate access, investigation, testing, analysis, assessment and for undertaking works safely both...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Community Employment Schemes (9 Sep 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: I have been advised by officials at my department that Kilgarvan Community Development CLG, which operates the CE scheme, has recently been granted a two year licence for the use of the former Garda station, and they have indicated they are happy with the arrangement. I understand they were previously offered the use of a room on the ground floor of the Community Centre (former National...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Risk Management (9 Sep 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: I propose to take Questions Nos. 250 to 253, inclusive, together. Bantry: The Flood Risk Management Plans launched in May 2018 included a recommendation to progress the project-level development and planning of a flood relief scheme for Bantry.  A Steering Group, comprising representatives from the Office of Public Works and Cork County Council, is in place to progress the Bantry Flood...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Office of Public Works (9 Sep 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: The Office of Public Works is the lead agency for flood risk management in Ireland and is responsible for the development and implementation of flood risk policies and strategies.   The OPW, in partnership with Galway City Council, are currently progressing the development of a flood relief scheme for Galway City ‘Corrib go Cósta’ and following a tender...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Office of Public Works (27 Jul 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: There are currently no plans to install extra outdoor seating at Castletown, though the matter is under active review.

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Flood Risk Management (27 Jul 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: Works on four flood relief schemes are taking place in or near County Limerick in 2021 and works to design and commence works on seven flood relief schemes are being significantly advanced during 2021. Three of the works taking place this year by Limerick City and County Council are being funded by the OPW Minor Flood Mitigation and Coastal Protection Scheme. This scheme provides funding to...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Office of Public Works (27 Jul 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: The Phoenix Park Transport and Mobility Options Study, Post-Consultation Report will be published by Minister Patrick O'Donovan on Tuesday, 27 July at 10.00 a.m.

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Heritage Sites (27 Jul 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: The property at Westgate House in Drogheda is the subject of an intra-State transfer between the Commissioners of Public Works and Louth County Council. I understand from my officials that they continue to engage with officials in Louth County Council with a view to finalising the transfer of the property, which is due to be completed shortly.The long-term plans for the property will be...

Written Answers — Department of Public Expenditure and Reform: Heritage Sites (27 Jul 2021)

Patrick O'Donovan: While there has been contact between Louth County Council and the Office of Public Works regarding St Laurence's Gate, a more meaningful discussion surrounding the provision of a sustainable and efficient visitor presentation model is premature given the current concerns and issues surrounding the condition of the site. As previously advised, it is the view of the Commissioners of Public...

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