Tuesday, 16 July 2013
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Flood Prevention Measures
I propose to take Questions Nos. 392 and 425 together.
As a result of local opposition, Dublin City Council decided in 2011 not to proceed with a flood defence scheme for Clontarf which had been brought through the planning process. Since then the Council has been involved in further consultation with local interests and it is my understanding that a Joint Working Group has been established with representative from Dublin City Council, Clontarf Residents Association and Clontarf Business Association to consider possibilities for the development of the Clontarf Promenade which will include flood defence measures.
Should a new scheme emerge from the deliberations of the Joint Working Group it will be open to the Council to seek funding from the Office of Public Works for the cost of the flood defence element only of such a scheme if such a flood defence element is found to be financially viable and environmentally acceptable and if it provides the standard of flood protection applicable to OPW funded schemes.
It is not possible to say at this stage what the position on the availability of funding will be as this will depend on the amount sought, the number of other flood defence schemes being developed nationally at the time the funding request is received and the associated pressures and demands on the OPW's capital funding allocation.
The OPW does not provide funding to local community or voluntary groups to undertake professional and independent services in relation to such projects.