Thursday, 14 November 2019
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Flood Risk Management
38. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the capital allocation for flooding projects from 2020 to 2025; if the projects have been identified; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [46896/19]
The following table sets out the capital allocation for the flood risk management area for the period 2020 to 2025 as provided for in the National Development Plan 2018 - 2027.
The above allocations will allow the OPW in collaboration with Local Authorities to continue implementation of its comprehensive programme of investment in flood relief schemes nationally. This programme currently includes over 150 projects. 11 schemes are currently under construction, such as Clonakilty, Athlone, River Dodder and Templemore. 80 projects are at active design/planning stage including the 57 priority projects under the Flood Risk Management Plans launched in May 2018 while a further 62 projects will be advanced through design over the 10 year period of the National Development Plan 2018-2027. In addition, over 550 localised projects nationwide have been completed by Local Authorities under the OPW's Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme. Overall, the Government's National Development Plan 2018-2027 provides for investment of up to €1 billion on flood risk management with the aim of providing protection to 95% of properties assessed to be at risk. In addition to these projects the OPW will continue to fund Local Authorities to undertake local flood relief projects up to a limit of €750,000 under the Minor Works Scheme.