Written answers

Thursday, 10 October 2019

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Drainage Schemes Status

Photo of Tom NevilleTom Neville (Limerick County, Fine Gael)
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114. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform when the necessary works will be carried out on a river (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41500/19]

Photo of Kevin  MoranKevin Moran (Longford-Westmeath, Independent)
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The River Deel flows through the town of Rathkeale and forms part of the Deel Catchment Drainage Scheme, which is under the auspices of the Office of Public Works.

Vegetation maintenance (along the riverbank) planned for the River Deel, adjacent to the Orchard Avenue Estate in Rathkeale is due to commence shortly.

In-stream works on the River Deel are scheduled for 2020, as part of the OPW's maintenance programme. These works will be informed by an environmental assessment, associated approval and consultations. Any works will only be permitted outside of the fish spawning season, between the 1st of May to the 31st of September inclusive.

The environmental assessment is important as marginal vegetation such as scrub and rushes can provide valuable habitat for a variety of species.

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