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Flood Relief Schemes

Dáil Éireann Debate, Thursday - 1 October 2020

Thursday, 1 October 2020

Questions (112, 113)

Sorca Clarke

Question:

112. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of applications received under flood compensation schemes from 2017 to 2019 and to date in 2020, by local authority in tabular form. [27733/20]

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Sorca Clarke

Question:

113. Deputy Sorca Clarke asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the number of applications approved for flood compensation schemes from 2017 to 2019 and to date in 2020; and the value of the awarded amounts by local authority in tabular form. [27734/20]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 112 and 113 together.

In April 2017, the Government agreed the administrative arrangements for a once-off Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme for those primary residential properties that flooded during the flooding event in Winter 2015/2016. It was a national scheme of humanitarian assistance, targeting aid at those worst affected properties, for which there were no alternative feasible measures. The OPW liaised with homeowners and local authorities to identify those homes that flooded during this flood event. Through the scheme, engineering solutions have been identified to protect the majority of homes that flooded in the floods of Winter 2015/2016.

To date, 40 applications have been received by homeowners for the  Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme with 25 approved to date at an estimated cost of approximately €7m.  

The overall number of homes currently under consideration for the scheme is relatively low which presents a risk that individual homeowners could be identified by providing data at local authority level. For that reason, it is not possible to provide figures at local authority level as requested by the Deputy.

Question No. 114 answered with Question No. 108.
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