Thursday, 5 March 2020
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine
913. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine his plans for a voluntary farm building relocation scheme due to flooding issues; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3376/20]
949. To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 438 of 16 April 2019, when he plans to introduce a voluntary farm building relocation scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3099/20]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 913 and 949 together.
My Department continues to monitor the situation in relation to the floods, with significant flooding occurring of farmlands but, in general, not of farmyards to date.
A study to determine the feasibility of any future, once-off, targeted scheme for Voluntary Farm Building Relocation is being undertaken. My Department has evaluated a range of at risk farmyards, impacted by flooding, to see if any alternative remedial works can be undertaken to protect farm buildings at risk of flooding and is currently considering this evaluation.