Wednesday, 17 February 2021

Questions (190)

Eoghan Murphy


190. Deputy Eoghan Murphy asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of coastal flood defences in Dublin Bay; and the amount that has been allocated to improving coastal defences over the next five years. [8073/21]

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Written answers (Question to Public)

I am advised that the Office of Public Works, Dublin City Council, and Fingal County Council are working together to progress a number of flood defence schemes in Dublin Bay. These are as follows:

1. Sandymount Flood Relief Scheme (Phase 1 and Phase 2): Dublin City Council (DCC) are currently working to finalise a scheme design for works in Sandymount, with the current proposed scheme cost estimates at approximately €1.6 million for Phase 1, and €17.3 million for Phase 2. The Office of Public Works (OPW) is working closely with DCC to finalise this design and progress the scheme to planning and construction stage. It is anticipated that DCC will submit the final documentation in preparation for planning in the coming months.

2. South Campshires Flood Protection Project: Works on this project are substantially complete, with the OPW’s direct labour crew now finished on site. While DCC are currently addressing some final elements of the project, flood protection is currently provided. €6.3 million has been spent on this project to date.

3. Clontarf: DCC are currently examining potential solutions to flooding in Clontarf, and if a cost beneficial solution is identified they will submit a business case to the OPW for approval for the project to proceed to detailed design and subsequent stages.

4. Dollymount: Dublin City Council led and funded flood defence works along Dollymount Strand. This work is now complete and its total cost was €4million.

5. Sutton and Howth North Flood Relief Scheme : A potential solution to flooding in this area was identified under the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme. While this scheme was not in the first tranche of 60 schemes prioritised to be progressed on foot of the launch of the national Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMP) in 2018, it is scheduled that all FRMP projects will be progressed under the reviewed NDP 2018-2030. The proposed scheme for Sutton and Howth North is expected to cost in the region of €6million, based on preliminary estimates developed as part of the CFRAM Programme.

As the projects are all at different stages, and programmes are to be finalised on a number of these projects, we cannot provide a definitive figure for allocation of funds over the next five years. However, the OPW has budgeted and allocated the required funding to progress these schemes (approximately €31 million euro) as part of its multi-annual budgeting of almost EUR1bn out to 2030.