Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Questions (99)

Andrew Doyle

Question:

99. Deputy Andrew Doyle asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if payments or funding is available to landowners whose land and fields have been damaged by the River Slaney bursting its banks; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21627/13]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Office of Public Works (OPW) is not aware of any incidences of flooding on the River Slaney apart from the incidence last month in the environs of Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. A full report on this flood event is being prepared by RPS Consulting and it will be considered in the context of the detailed consideration of the South-East Catchment Flood Risk Assessment & Management Study being undertaken at present.

A flood relief scheme for Enniscorthy and its environs is currently in preparation. The Enniscorthy flood relief scheme will be carried out in two phases by Wexford County Council with funding from the OPW. The Council is currently in the process of procuring engineering consultants and it is expected that the detailed design of the scheme will be completed in the Summer of next year.

There is no provision within the Vote of the OPW for the compensation of landowners affected by flooding.

Assistance under humanitarian aid provisions may be accessed through the Community Welfare Offices of the Department of Social Protection.

In addition, the Department of Agriculture Food and the Marine operates an ‘early warning system’ whereby emergency assistance may be provided to farmers whose animals are experiencing serious animal welfare issues.