Written answers

Thursday, 5 March 2020

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Programme

Photo of Brian StanleyBrian Stanley (Laois-Offaly, Sinn Fein)
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155. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if it will be ensured that the flood relief capital work programme includes the Whitehorse River Mountrath, County Laois. [3373/20]

Photo of Kevin  MoranKevin Moran (Longford-Westmeath, Independent)
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Mountrath, Co. Laois was one of the 300 areas studied under the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme.  The detailed assessment of the flood risk undertaken in this area found that the potential options identified for the area were not deemed to be cost beneficial and therefore no viable scheme was identified at this time.  The Flood Risk Management Plan for the Nore River Basin recommends that, while a technically feasible flood relief scheme has potentially been identified, a more detailed assessment of the costs and benefits will need to be completed to determine if the proposed Scheme is financially viable.

A framework is currently being established through which the reviews of potential schemes that were not found to be viable under the CFRAM Programme will be undertaken, to examine in more detail whether a viable scheme can be identified. These reviews will commence in the coming months with a view to completion in 2021.


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