Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Department of Finance
Question 109: To ask the Minister for Finance when flood plain plans and designations in the Dundalk area will be reviewed; what the review process will entail; the timeframes for same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44740/10]
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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A comprehensive management programme for all national river catchments is being addressed through the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme under the direction of the Office of Public Works. The CFRAM Programme is being delivered through the CFRAM Studies.
The process of procuring consultants to undertake the CFRAM studies for the national river catchments commenced in summer 2010 and it is expected that contracts for studies on all catchments will be in place by end 2011. This includes catchments within the Neagh-Bann river basin district covering the Dundalk area. A constituent part of the mapping data to be provided for the CFRAM study in the Dundalk area will be the coastal flood hazard and potential risk maps. A draft version of these maps issued to Louth Co. Council in October 2010 and a final set will be issued to the Council before year end.
The CFRAM Programme is being undertaken in partnership with local authorities and in consultation with stakeholders and the public. The CFRAM Studies are comprehensive catchment-based studies focused on areas of potentially significant risk, for which detailed flood maps are produced and flood risk management measures are assessed and taken to outline design. These measures will be prioritised and set out in a Flood Risk Management Plan (FRMP). All national catchment flood risk management plans are due for completion and publication by 22 December 2015 according to the timetable set down in the EU Floods Directive.