Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Questions (224)

Éamon Ó Cuív


224. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to visit the Oranmore, Maree and Clarinbridge area of County Galway soon or to ask the Minister of State with responsibility for the OPW to do so to see at first hand the coastal erosion problems in the area and to meet local persons affected by this problem; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [22078/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

It is a matter for Local Authorities, in the first instance, to assess and address problems of coastal erosion in their areas.  Where necessary, Local Authorities may put forward proposals to relevant central Government Departments, including the Office of Public Works (OPW), for funding of appropriate measures depending on the infrastructure or assets under threat.  Discussions are ongoing between a number of Government Departments and agencies in relation to managing those strategic issues associated with coastal erosion.

I am advised by the Commissioners of Public Works that an application for funding under the OPW’s Minor Flood Mitigation Works & Coastal Protection Scheme has been received from Galway County Council for Oran Island and is currently under consideration.  An invitation for a visit to the area in question would be positively received by me.