Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Flood Prevention Measures

Photo of Michael Healy-RaeMichael Healy-Rae (Kerry, Independent)
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111. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will address a matter (details supplied) regarding flooding on Fenit Island; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [2589/20]

Photo of Kevin  MoranKevin Moran (Longford-Westmeath, Independent)
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I am advised that, in the first instance, the management of problems of flooding and coastal protection in the area indicated remains a matter for Kerry County Council. The Council may carry out flooding and coastal protection works using its own resources, but where necessary, the Council may also put forward proposals to the relevant central Government Departments, including the OPW, for funding of appropriate measures depending on the infrastructure or assets under threat.

It is, however, open to Kerry County Council to apply for funding under the Office of Public Works’ (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme, under which applications for funding from Local Authorities are considered for measures costing not more than €750,000 in each instance.  Funding of up to 90% of the cost is available for projects that meet the eligibility criteria, including a requirement that the proposed measures are cost beneficial.

There is currently no application on hand for the location mentioned in the Deputy’s question.


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