Wednesday, 10 July 2019

Questions (156, 157, 158, 159, 160)

Pat the Cope Gallagher

Question:

156. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the flooding prevention plans for Ballybofey and Stranorlar, County Donegal; if the allocated funding has been spent to date; the timeline for completing the project; his further plans for flooding prevention in the towns; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30133/19]

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Pat the Cope Gallagher

Question:

157. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the flooding prevention plans for Castlefinn, County Donegal; the budget for the works; if the funding has been spent to date; the timeline for the completion of the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30134/19]

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Pat the Cope Gallagher

Question:

158. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the flooding prevention plans for Lifford, County Donegal; the budget for this project; if the funding has been spent to date; the timeline for the complete delivery of the project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30135/19]

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Pat the Cope Gallagher

Question:

159. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the flooding prevention plans for Glenties, County Donegal; the extent of the planned project; if a budget is secured for the proposed project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30136/19]

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Pat the Cope Gallagher

Question:

160. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the flooding prevention plans for Downings, County Donegal; the extent of intended flooding prevention plans for the area; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [30137/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 156 to 160, inclusive, together.

Fifteen projects were identified in County Donegal in the Flood Risk Management Plans that I announced in May 2018. Following consultation and discussions between the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Donegal County Council (DCC), six of the Donegal projects have been selected to be progressed in the first phase of implementation.

The Plans set out the specific measures to tackle flood risk in each community and town, with proposed outline only design provided to protect against the 1 in 100 year flood event and with indicative preliminary cost estimates only provided. More definite estimates of projects costs will not be available until the more detailed project level design and procurement for each scheme is complete. Estimated costs for all of these projects have been included in OPW's multi annual expenditure profiles.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar, County Donegal

The proposed flood relief scheme for Ballybofey and Stranorlar has an estimated early indicative cost of €1.92m and consists of hard defences and improvement of channel conveyance.

While the proposed flood relief scheme for Ballybofey and Stranorlar is not in the first phase of projects to be advanced, both the OPW and Donegal County Council will work closely to ensure that the project will be progressed as early as possible in the coming years and within the 10-year timeframe for the programme of investment.

I would mention also that funding of €157,500 was approved in 2018 under the OPW's Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for interim flood relief works at Ballybofey and Stranorlar. The works comprise the removal of vegetation and trees on the embankment and construction of pumps / pumping areas. Funding will be provided to Donegal County Council on completion of works.

Castlefinn, County Donegal

The proposed flood relief scheme for Castlefinn is included in the first phase of implementation and has an estimated early indicative cost of €1.75m. The tender documents for the required design consultants are currently being reviewed. The proposed measures consists of a series of flood embankments and walls and associated drainage works.

Lifford, County Donegal

The proposed Lifford Flood Relief Scheme is included in the first phase of implementation and has an estimated early indicative cost of €5.9m. The proposed measures consists of a series of flood embankments and walls.

Tendering for the required engineering consultancy services has commenced and consultants are expected to be appointed in quarter 4 2019.

Glenties, County Donegal and Downings, County Donegal

The proposed flood relief scheme for Glenties, Co. Donegal is in the first phase of implementation and has an estimated early indicative cost of €0.55m. The proposed measures consists of a series of flood embankments and walls and land use management.

The proposed flood relief scheme for Downings, Co. Donegal is in the first phase of implementation and has an estimated early indicative cost of €0.870m. The proposed measures consists of a series of flood embankments and walls.

The proposed schemes for Glenties and Downings are being progressed by Donegal County Council. The tender documents for these schemes are being finalised with the expectation that consultants will be hired in the coming months.