Wednesday, 31 January 2018

Questions (152)

Peter Burke


152. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if a drain (details supplied) will be cleaned; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [4934/18]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Office of Public Works (OPW) carries out a programme of Arterial Drainage Maintenance to a total of 11,500 km of river channel and approximately 730 km of embankments nationally. These maintenance works relate to arterial drainage schemes completed by the OPW under the Arterial Drainage Acts 1945 and 1995. The OPW has a statutory duty to maintain the completed schemes in proper repair and effective condition. The annual maintenance programme typically involves some clearance of vegetation and removal of silt build-up on an average five-yearly cycle. Each year, work is carried out to approximately 2,000 km of channel and about 200 structures around the country.

The OPW is responsible for the maintenance of the Boyne Drainage Scheme. Maintenance works on the channels in the area referred to by the Deputy are scheduled for Summer 2018, subject to ground conditions and access.