Written Answers. - Coastal Protection.

Trevor Sargent

Question:

159 Mr. Sargent asked the Minister for Communications, Marine and Natural Resources the outcome of his consideration of the coastal protection work proposal for the Velvet Strand, Portmarnock, County Dublin, for which Fingal County Council has applied to be carried out in 2003-2006. [1196/03]

Primary responsibility for coast protection works rest with the property owner, be that a private individual or a local authority. My Department wrote to all coastal local authorities in 2002 requesting proposals, in order of priority, for consideration in the context of the 2003-2006 coast protection programmes. Fingal County Council submitted a proposal for works at Velvet Strand, Portmarnock, ranked at number one and estimated to cost a total of €125,000. In 2002, my Department contributed €37,487.86 towards the total cost of €49,983.81 of materials purchased by Fingal County Council for protection works at Velvet Strand, Portmarnock, which, I understand, will commence shortly. The results of these works will have to be assessed to establish what, if any, further works are required in the area in question.