Tuesday, 25 June 2019

Questions (581)

Thomas Byrne

Question:

581. Deputy Thomas Byrne asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment further to Parliamentary question No. 509 of 21 May 2019, if he is satisfied with the involvement of Inland Fisheries Ireland instream experts in a design capacity in relation to the Bandon flood relief scheme. [26146/19]

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Written answers (Question to Communications)

From the perspective of its statutory remit, Inland Fisheries Ireland (IFI) consulted with Byrne Looby Partners, agents for the Office of Public Works (OPW), who have responsibility for the Bandon Flood Relief Scheme.

This consultation was in relation to certain aspects of the Scheme during the design stage and ensured that vital remedial works required to recreate thalwegs, pools and other fisheries features, that would be impacted by the dredging works, were incorporated into the plan.

IFI and the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government reviewed and commented on plans for the fish pass at the Weir in Bandon, designed by Fishway Engineering Ltd on behalf of Byrne Looby Partners for the OPW.

I am satisfied that, In accordance with its statutory remit, IFI has fully engaged with all parties concerned throughout the execution of the scheme, ongoing since 2016.