Thursday, 12 December 2013
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Flood Prevention Measures
83. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide a full report on all works carried out in Glanmire, County Cork since the flooding in June of 2012; the preventative measures that have been undertaken and the works that still remain outstanding, and if he will provide a timeframe for said works to be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [53423/13]
Following flooding in Glanmire in June 2012, Cork County Council applied for funding under the Office of Public Works' (OPW) Minor Works Scheme for river cleaning works in order to provide some hydraulic improvement on the Glashaboy River. The application was approved and Cork County Council subsequently availed of funding in the amount of €32,871. The implementation of these works is a matter for Cork County Council, but it is the understanding of the OPW that the works have been completed.
The OPW and Cork County Council also agreed in 2012 that a detailed study should be undertaken with the aim of devising a comprehensive solution to the flooding problem in Glanmire. It was decided that the Council would take the lead in commissioning this study, with funding being provided by the OPW. The Council has now appointed consultants to undertake the study and to develop outline flood mitigation proposals, with a view to bringing forward a viable scheme, if such emerges, through planning, detailed design and construction.
It is expected that the study will be completed about mid-2014 which would allow a preferred scheme, subject to one emerging, to be brought forward for public consultation in late 2014. If any emerging preferred scheme is well received at public consultation stage then the detailed design could commence in the first half of 2015, with construction commencing before the end of that year, subject to the continued availability of the necessary funding. It is not possible to give a more definitive timescale at this point.