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Flood Prevention Measures

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 24 November 2016

Thursday, 24 November 2016

Questions (22)

Aindrias Moynihan


22. Deputy Aindrias Moynihan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the amount spent in each of the past three years on the Baile Bhuirne flood defences; the funding in place to advance same; if this is sufficient to complete the construction; and the next step in the works. [36370/16]

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Oral answers (4 contributions) (Question to Public)

The flood defences in Baile Bhuirne were part of the pilot scheme for the CFRAM programme throughout the country. For several years considerable background work was carried out on it. How much will that work cost and how soon will it benefit people in Baile Bhuirne?

I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that the Ballymakeera-Ballyvourney, Baile Mhic Ire-Baile Bhuirne, scheme is at outline design stage where the preferred options for the scheme are being finalised. A total of €55,000 has been expended to date on the scheme. A total project budget will be finalised before public exhibition, but the initial indications are that the cost estimate will be approximately €3 million. The Office of Public Works has included provision for the costs of the proposed works in its financial profile in the period up to 2020. It is proposed to hold a second public information day, to be followed by a public exhibition of the preferred scheme in 2017. When these stages have been successfully completed, the scheme can be progressed to detailed design stage and confirmation, following which it will proceed to construction.

Is the "period up to 2020" the timeframe for detailed design stage or to move to construction?

The money budgeted for for the scheme is built into our profiles of expenditure for the period 2016 to 2020. It is in place in the overall capital investment plan of €430 million and will be allocated when the project comes on stream.

Written Answers are published on the Oireachtas website.