Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Department of Finance
Question 164: To ask the Minister for Finance if the Office of Public Works has received an application from a local authority for flood alleviation works in a village (details supplied) in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [11394/10]
Martin Mansergh (Minister of State with special responsibility for the Arts, Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism; Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Department of Finance; Tipperary South, Fianna Fail)
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The draft Flood Risk Assessment and Management Plan for the River Lee sets out the blueprint for addressing flood risk in the catchment, including the Owenboy sub-catchment in which Ballinhassig is located. The draft plan, which is currently undergoing public consultation, recommends a flood warning system rather than flood alleviation works for the Owenboy area. In line with this recommendation, Cork County Council have applied to the Office of Public Works for funding for the installation of a flood warning system. This proposal will be considered in the context of the overall implementation of the Plan when it has been finalised. This plan is out to public consultation at the moment, so this is likely to be early next year.