Wednesday, 10 February 2021

Questions (290)

Cian O'Callaghan

Question:

290. Deputy Cian O'Callaghan asked the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage the number of times the national coastal change management strategy steering group has met since its first meeting was held in late August, early September 2020; the exact dates of each meeting; the list of attendees for each meeting; the bodies or agencies they represent; the items discussed at each meeting; the decisions made; the target date for the group to deliver its initial findings to him; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [6453/21]

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Written answers (Question to Housing)

The National Coastal Change Management Strategy Steering Group is jointly chaired by my Department and the Office of Public Works (OPW). The Group is comprised of senior officials from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Met Éireann, and the County and City Management Association. The Group met for the first time on 3 September 2020.

Further to the meeting of the Steering Group in September, a technical working group has also been established under the stewardship of the OPW. The work of this group has focused on the identification and initial analysis of data sources, to underpin the work of the Steering Group.

Since the initial meeting in September, the work of the Steering Group is being progressed through a series of bilateral meetings to scope out the extent of the issues, including, inter alia, the threats and effects of coastal change as they relate to the remit of the individual Steering Group members and the wider stakeholders. At this stage of the process these bilateral engagements are considered to be the most effective approach to progressing the scoping work prior to reconvening the Group. This phase of the work is currently being finalised and I understand that the Steering Group will reconvene in the coming weeks to build further on the progress made with a view to initial reporting to Government as soon as possible.