Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Department of Finance
Question 197: To ask the Minister for Finance the work that has been undertaken by the Office for Public Works to prevent coastal erosion on or near Inch Strand, County Kerry; if the office has undertaken recent inspections on the work; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3609/11]
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 Office of Public Works has not carried out any works at Inch Strand to prevent coastal erosion and has not carried out any inspections in the area.
Coastal protection works would normally be undertaken by the relevant Local Authority. Kerry County Council have carried out works at Inch Strand in recent years with the assistance of funding from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government and the Department of Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. In 2010 the Council submitted an application in respect of works at Inch Strand under the OPW Minor Flood and Coastal Protection Works scheme. The application was not successful because the scale of the proposed works exceeded the scope of projects that qualify for funding from the scheme.