Written answers

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Flood Risk Management

Photo of Michael CreedMichael Creed (Cork North West, Fine Gael)
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251. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will clarify the situation regarding flood relief funding for a location (details supplied) in County Cork. [30298/21]

Photo of Patrick O'DonovanPatrick O'Donovan (Limerick County, Fine Gael)
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Through the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme, detailed engineering analysis, assessment and extensive public consultation was undertaken for 300 communities throughout Ireland, including 90 coastal areas, which in 2012 were identified as being most likely to be impacted by future coastal and fluvial flooding.

One key output of the CFRAM Programme was the Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMP’s) that contain proposed flood relief measures - informed by costs, benefits and environmental factors - to address the flood risk in each community and nationwide.

The evidence provided by the CFRAM Programme, launched in May 2018, supports the Government’s €1bn planned investment in flood relief through the National Development Plan 2018-2027 as part of Project 2040.

The CFRAM programme proposed a flood relief scheme at Ballingeary to be progressed at a projected cost estimate of approximately €3.1 million. This proposed scheme consists of Installation of hydrometric gauges, flood walls and embankments and will protect 46 properties when completed.

The proposed scheme is not in the first tranche of projects being progressed, but my Office and Cork County Council will work closely to ensure that it will be commenced as soon as possible within the programme of investment.

Once consultants are appointed to progress this 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.


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