Written Answers. - Flood Relief.

Mary Wallace


73 Ms M. Wallace asked the Minister for Finance if the final report on the River Tolka study which was due to be published in May 2003 is available; the additional information available from this final study over and above the interim reports that were provided early in 2003 for the three local authorities involved; the steps which can be taken by the Office of Public Works based on this final study to protect the homes and businesses of people in Clonee and Dunboyne who were very badly affected by the flooding of 14 November 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [17251/03]

The consultants conducting the study of the River Tolka, produced a draft technical report for the contracting authority, Dublin City Council, last month. This report is currently being examined by the Office of Public Works and the three local authorities concerned – Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council and Meath County Council. While the report is being examined the consultants will continue to work on evaluating the issues raised in third party submissions and production of a cost benefit analysis. A draft final report is expected to be submitted to the Office of Public Works and the local authorities for consideration by the end of July. The report is expected to be completed a number of weeks after that and will form the basis for decisions on flood management along the whole catchment.