Thursday, 14 November 2019
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
10. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has met with Fingal County Council to address the issue of coastal erosion in Portrane, County Dublin; if funding has been provided to prevent further erosion in view of commitments to tackle the climate emergency; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46890/19]
I am advised, in respect of coastal erosion at the Burrow, Portrane, County Dublin, that Fingal County Council is leading on this issue, as it is a matter for local authorities in the first instance to assess and address problems of coastal erosion in their areas. Where necessary, local authorities may put forward proposals to relevant central Government Departments, including the OPW, for funding of appropriate measures depending on the infrastructure or assets under threat.
In 2018, in response to serious coastal erosion problems at The Burrow, Portrane, Fingal County Council implemented temporary interim emergency measures to protect properties at risk. Funding of €456,464 was approved under the OPW Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for these works.
Since then, Consultants appointed by Fingal County Council are currently assessing options for a longer term permanent solution for the Portrane Penisula/Rogerstown Outer Estuary area. I have been informed by Fingal County Council that the assessment of options will be followed by extensive public consultation, and environmental assessment and consent processes, which are likely to take several months to conclude. The Council has confirmed that it is probable, therefore, that the study, and the associated approved plan for the peninsula, will take at least until the middle of 2020 to complete.
My Office continues to co-operate and assist Fingal County Council and accordingly my officials met with Fingal County Council and their consultants on 5 November 2019 to receive an update on the progress of the study.
If a viable option is identified, the Council may submit a further application for funding to the OPW or other Government Departments as appropriate.