Wednesday, 26 June 2019

Questions (81)

Maurice Quinlivan

Question:

81. Deputy Maurice Quinlivan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the flood defence works at Corbally, County Limerick; the estimated amount they will cost; the estimated start and completion date of the works; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26929/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Catchment-based Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) programme, the largest ever flood risk study carried out in the State, culminated with the launch of 29 Flood Risk Management Plans on 3 May 2018. These Plans proposed 118 new outline flood relief projects on top of the 42 major projects already completed and the 33 major schemes within the existing capital works programme of the Office of Public Works (OPW). They included a recommendation to progress the project-level development and planning of a Flood Relief Scheme for Limerick City & Environs, which includes the Corbally area.

There is a project steering group in place for the Limerick City and Environs Flood Relief Scheme, comprising of OPW personnel and representatives from Limerick City and County Council. This group first met in September 2018 and is currently progressing the preparation of a Project Brief for the procurement of Engineering and Environmental Consultants. It is scheduled to go to the Office of Public Works’ Engineering and Environmental Consultants framework in Q3 of 2019.

Once consultants are appointed to progress this Flood Relief Scheme, consultation with statutory and non-statutory bodies, as well as the public, will take place at the appropriate stages to ensure that all parties have the opportunity to input into the development of these schemes.

The preferred option identified under the CFRAM programme for Limerick City and Environs (including King’s Island) has a preliminary project cost estimate of €56m. Full information on the proposed scheme can be found at www.floodinfo.ie.