Tuesday, 5 November 2019

Questions (168)

Catherine Murphy


168. Deputy Catherine Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will bring a document to the attention of OPW engineers and officials (details supplied) and return their observations and opinion in due course; if the OPW has given a river its attention in the past; his plans to address the issues regarding same; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [44760/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Hazelhatch area of Celbridge, County Kildare was assessed as part of the Eastern Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Study. The Flood Risk Management Plans identified the need for a further study of the area to review the flood modelling and mapping in the area and to review potentially viable flood risk management options for the area. This further study has been commissioned by Kildare County Council and the study is underway since September 2019.

The document referred to was received in the OPW on 18 October, 2019. The document has been noted and has been forwarded, for consideration, to the engineering company which has been engaged by Kildare County Council to carry out the further study at Hazelhatch. The scope of the study was initially focussed on the Hazelhatch Stream but has been expanded to address issues highlighted in the adjacent Shinkeen catchment, where the OPW previously completed a flood relief scheme. As per the current programme, the study should be completed in the Spring of 2020.