Tuesday, 11 June 2019

Questions (196)

Peter Burke

Question:

196. Deputy Peter Burke asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Questions Nos. 312 of 17 April 2018 and 75 of 28 May 2019, the status of a channel (details supplied). [23561/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

Arterial Drainage maintenance works relate to Arterial Drainage Schemes completed by the Office of Public Works (OPW) under the Arterial Drainage Acts 1945 and 1995. The Brosna Drainage Scheme is a maintainable scheme under this Act.

Maintenance work on this scheme was carried out by OPW staff during May and June 2018 and involved removing all blockages on the OPW maintainable channel that flows through Kilbrennan.

However, while the Scheme includes sections of channels running through the landowner’s property, it does not extend to the area referred to by the deputy. This area is outside the extent of the Brosna Drainage Scheme. The OPW therefore has no responsibility for the maintenance of the section in question, nor any authority to carry out works there.

Following the deputy’s original query, OPW staff met with the landowner in question and explained the constraints of the planned maintenance works to him.

Details of OPW Arterial Drainage channels are available to view on www.floodinfo.ie.