Written answers

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Flood Prevention Measures

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael)
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223. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if officials from his Department will inspect coastal erosion at a location (details supplied) in County Kerry; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6978/19]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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I am advised that the Office of Public Works approved funding to Kerry County Council of €75,000 in March 2018 under its Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection scheme for a Coastal Erosion & Flood Risk Management Study for Dingle Bay East-Castlemaine Harbour. The area mentioned in the Deputy’s question is included in this study. Kerry County Council is currently progressing the procurement of a consultant for this study.

Photo of Brendan GriffinBrendan Griffin (Kerry, Fine Gael)
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224. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 164 of 5 December 2018, if a representative from the OPW will contact a person (details supplied) in County Kerry regarding flood defence works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6982/19]

Photo of Paschal DonohoePaschal Donohoe (Dublin Central, Fine Gael)
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Kerry County Council carried out a pre-feasibility study for the Sneem area, the recommendation of which was to carry out further more detailed river modelling to assess the feasibility of the measures identified in the pre-feasibility study. Working in co-operation with Kerry County Council, the Office of Public Works (OPW) have agreed to undertake this study and assessment, which will be completed in the summer of 2019.

Please be advised that an OPW Engineer was in contact with Mr. O'Sullivan in January regarding the flooding of properties at Atlantic Gateway Developments. The OPW will directly contact Mr. O'Sullivan again prior to completion of their assessment.

Should a suitable scheme be identified, it will be open to Kerry County Council to apply for funding under the OPW-operated Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme. This Scheme’s eligibility criteria, including a requirement that any measures are cost-beneficial as published on the OPW website, apply to all applications.

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