Wednesday, 2 March 2022
Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Flood Risk Management
92. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the OPW will take into charge an issue regarding erosion at a private property (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12027/22]
93. To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if there are planned works to be carried out at the Fenit Bank at the entrance to Fenit Island (details suppled); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [12028/22]
I propose to take Questions Nos. 92 and 93 together.
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.
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.
The OPW has no applications under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme from Kerry County Council in respect of flooding in this area.