Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Questions (107)

James Browne

Question:

107. Deputy James Browne asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding a scheme (details supplied);; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [50611/19]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

The Enniscorthy (river Slaney) flood defence scheme is being progressed by Wexford County Council on behalf of the Commissioners of Public Works as a scheme under the Arterial Drainage Acts 1945 and 1995.

The scheme is at an advanced stage of planning and design. A formal Exhibition was held in May 2019 where the public were able to review the scheme design and measures and provide feedback on what is being proposed. The scheme proposals were generally well received and the lead consultants are currently reviewing the feedback received, finalising the design and all the documentation required for submission of the scheme for formal Confirmation of the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform. All submissions received during the public exhibition will be responded to.

It is planned for the scheme to be submitted for Confirmation in early 2020. Subject to Confirmation it is hoped to commence construction in the second half of 2020 after tendering for works contractors, with an estimated construction period of 3 years.

The proposed scheme will be funded by the Office of Public Works (OPW) and I can confirm that provision for the cost of the scheme is included in the OPW's multi-annual capital framework and the allocation for flood relief in the National Development Plan 2018-2027.