Thursday, 12 July 2012

Questions (92)

Joan Collins

Question:

91 Deputy Joan Collins asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he has received an application from Sligo County Council seeking grant aid of €290,000 to finance protection measures to manage coastal erosion at Strandhill, County Sligo; if it has been brought to his attention that there is concern that if remedial action is not taken soon to protect the dunes south of the promenade at Strandhill that much of the dunes will be lost to the sea; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [34214/12]

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Written answers (Question to Minister for Expenditure)

I am very aware of the situation in Strandhill, having visited the area in April, 2012.

Sligo County Council submitted an application in May, 2012 under the OPW Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for funding of €290,000 to undertake works to address the erosion issues at Strandhill. These works were recommended by RPS consultants in a report commissioned by the Council into the issues at Strandhill.

However, the OPW has recently revised the eligibility criteria for coastal erosion applications and consequently, the Council was advised of the need to resubmit the application under the criteria now in place in order to be eligible for consideration.

A revised application is awaited. Any such application received will be assessed in accordance with the current criteria, in particular the benefit to cost ratio, and having regard to the overall availability of financial resources for such works in 2012.