Tuesday, 30 June 2020
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Flood Risk Management
91. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of a project (details supplied) identified in the flood risk management plan; the part within the ten-year time frame it is listed to be progressed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12801/20]
In May 2018, I launched 29 Flood Risk Management Plans for the main river basins in Ireland, identifying a total of 118 flood relief projects to protect the main flood risk areas throughout the country. These Plans and projects are a key part of the overall flood risk management strategy set out in the National Development Plan 2018 - 2027, involving total investment of almost €1 billion over the ten-year timeframe of that Plan.
The flood relief projects identified in the Flood Risk Management Plans are to be funded under the Government's 10-year flood risk investment programme of almost €1 billion under the National Development Plan 2018 – 2027.
A proposed flood relief scheme at Inchigeelagh has been identified by the CFRAM programme to be progressed at a preliminary cost estimate of approximately €2.6 million. This proposed scheme consists of flood walls and embankments and will protect 28 properties when completed.
As it is not possible to implement all of the 118 projects at the one time, a total of 60 projects have been prioritised for the initial tranche of investment and delivery, based on the level of risk and number of properties to be protected. While the proposed scheme for Inchigeelagh is not in the first tranche of projects to be progressed, the OPW and the local authority will work closely to ensure that they will be commenced as soon as possible within the 10 year timeframe for the programme of investment.
Once consultants are appointed to progress the scheme, consultation with statutory and non-statutory bodies, as well as the general public, will take place at the appropriate stages to ensure that all parties have the opportunity to input into the development of the scheme.