Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Questions (80)

Maurice Quinlivan


80. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of flood defence works at King's Island, County Limerick; the estimated amount they will cost; when the work will be completed; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26928/19]

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The King’s Island Flood Relief Scheme forms an advanced part of the overall Limerick City & Environs Flood Relief Scheme. Following severe flooding in Limerick City in February 2014, a commitment to funding both temporary and permanent flood defence works was given by the Office of Public Works (OPW) to Limerick City and County Council (LCCC). Funding was provided by the Office of Public Works to Limerick City and County Council for the construction of sheet piling behind an embankment, completed in 2014, and for advance works on Verdant Place, which consisted of repointing the existing stone wall and construction of reinforced concrete wall to the rear. These works were completed in 2017.

Consultants were appointed in 2015 to develop the permanent flood relief scheme for King’s Island and it is estimated that the full scheme, including those public realm elements to be funded by Limerick City and County Council, will cost in the region of €26m and will protect approximately 450 residential and 23 commercial properties (This is a pre-tender estimate that may change following the detailed design and procurement process, and will be subject to market conditions at the time of tender). Limerick City and County Council is scheduled to lodge planning with An Bord Pleanála in Q3 of 2019 with a construction completion date of Q4 2021.