Tuesday, 1 October 2019

Questions (158)

Michael Healy-Rae


158. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if there are proposed works to be carried out on a river (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [39306/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The watercourse and the bridge at the location referred to by the Deputy does not come under the auspices of the Office of Public Works.

Local flooding issues are a matter, in the first instance, for each local authority to investigate and address. For areas not covered by the OPW's Arterial Drainage Maintenance Programme, the OPW operates a Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme. It is open to all Local Authorities to submit a funding application under the Scheme. This administrative Scheme’s eligibility criteria, including a requirement that any measures are cost beneficial, are published on the OPW website, www.opw.ie.

Any application received is considered in accordance with the scheme eligibility criteria, and having regard to the overall availability of resources for flood risk management.