Tuesday, 25 January 2011
Department of Finance
Question 208: To ask the Minister for Finance if there has been contact between the Office of Public Works and Monaghan County Council regarding an issue of flooding at a location (details supplied) in County Monaghan; the arrangements in place; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3940/11]
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 flooding problem at the location concerned was investigated by the Office of Public Works last year on foot of representations by the Deputy, and it was found that it did not involve a channel for which the OPW has a statutory maintenance responsibility.
It would be open to Monaghan County Council to submit an application under the OPW Minor Flood Works Scheme for funding to undertake flood mitigation works. No such application has been submitted to date. If an application is submitted that meets the eligibility criteria of the scheme, it will be considered having regard to the overall availability of resources for flood risk management.