Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Questions (279)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Question:

279. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason for the delay in commencing the next phase of flood prevention works on the Clare River in County Galway; the progress made to date in the preparatory work on this project; the finance allocated to the project for 2014; when works will commence on same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [24731/14]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that the OPW, in association with Galway County Council, has developed a Flood Relief Scheme, under the Arterial Drainage Acts, for the Clare River in the environs of Claregalway. The Scheme has been approved by the Commissioners of Public Works and has been submitted to me for approval, in accordance with the requirements of the Arterial Drainage Act 1945, as amended. The proposals are currently being considered by my officials. Subject to satisfactory conclusion of this review, I understand that the OPW hope to be in a position to commence work on the project this year. I can confirm the Government's commitment to implementing this project. I can confirm also that provision has been made for the cost of the project in OPW's Multi-Annual Capital Budget Profiles for the period 2014-2017.