Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Flood Relief Schemes Expenditure

Claire Kerrane (Roscommon-Galway, Sinn Fein)
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151. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount spent on flood relief in County Roscommon in each of the past five years; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [3305/20]

Photo of Kevin  MoranKevin Moran (Longford-Westmeath, Independent)
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In addition to maintenance works the OPW undertakes on its arterial drainage schemes in Co. Roscommon (the Boyle, Corrib Clare, and Ballyglass (Knockcroghery) Arterial Drainage Schemes), the OPW has funded Minor Flood Mitigation Works for works in Roscommon over the previous 5 years as follows:

2019 - €65,244

2018 - €15,252

2017 - €428,060

2016 - €6,548

2015 - €0

The OPW introduced the ‘Minor Works’ Scheme in 2009 on an administrative, non-statutory basis. The purpose of the scheme is to provide funding to Local Authorities to undertake minor flood mitigation works or studies to address localised fluvial flooding and coastal protection problems within their administrative areas. The scheme generally applies where a solution can be readily identified and achieved in a short time frame. The works to be funded are carried out under Local Authority powers and ongoing maintenance of the completed works is the responsibility of the Council.

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