Written answers

Thursday, 23 September 2021

Department of Public Expenditure and Reform

Flood Risk Management

Photo of Aindrias MoynihanAindrias Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail)
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73. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress on flooding project works for Archahan Bridge in County Cork; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45580/21]

Photo of Patrick O'DonovanPatrick O'Donovan (Limerick County, Fine Gael)
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Local flooding issues are a matter, in the first instance, for each Local Authority to investigate and address. Where necessary, Local Authorities may put forward proposals to relevant central Government Departments, including the Office of Public Works, for funding of appropriate measures depending on the infrastructure or assets under threat. There is no application on hand for the location mentioned in the Deputy’s question.

Under the OPW Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme, applications are considered for projects that are estimated to cost not more than €750,000 in each instance. Funding of up to 90% of the cost is available for approved projects. Applications are assessed by the OPW having regard to the specific economic, social and environmental criteria of the scheme, including a cost benefit ratio and having regard to the availability of funding for flood risk management. Full details of this scheme are available on www.opw.ie.


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