Tuesday, 29 September 2020

Questions (143)

Joe Carey


143. Deputy Joe Carey asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of the Ennis south flood relief project; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [26267/20]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

As the Deputy will be aware, the Ennis South Flood Relief Scheme is being advanced by Clare County Council, with advice and funding as appropriate from the Office of Public Works. Ryan Hanley are the engineering consultants and the construction contract is being progressed by Ward & Burke Construction Ltd.

Construction of the works is under way with 3 discrete elements being progressed at locations in St Flannans College, Ballybeg, and the embankments at Clareabbey. The works at St Flannans and Ballybeg are substantially complete with only minor snagging remaining, and I have been informed that the new culvert overflow system constructed at St Flannans operated very successfully during recent bad weather conditions.

The works at the Clareabbey area had suffered a delay recently due to unforeseen difficult ground conditions which necessitated a re-design of the original embankment proposal, to a combination of sheetpiles along the stretch of riverbank in question. The re-design has been successfully completed and works have recommenced in this area. The contractor has indicated that these substantial additional works are progressing more rapidly than initially expected and the works have largely been brought back into line with the original programme.

Question No. 144 answered with Question No. 124.