Thursday, 15 February 2007

Ceisteanna (59)

Ned O'Keeffe

Ceist:

56 Mr. N. O’Keeffe asked the Minister for Finance the progress made to date in the implementation of the flood relief measures in Fermoy, County Cork. [5814/07]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Minister for Finance)

As the Deputy will be aware, detailed design of the Fermoy North Drainage Scheme commenced in June 2006 and has been ongoing since. As some changes had to be made to the Scheme exhibited in November 2005, mainly on the western boundary, a slight delay has been experienced in commencing the tender process to appoint a civil engineering contractor. However, this work is now almost completed and the Office of Public Works expects to commence the tender process within a matter of weeks. When the tender process is complete OPW will submit the scheme to the Minister for Finance for Confirmation. Subject to the Minister Confirming the Scheme, OPW would expect to commence construction works within a matter of weeks thereafter, some time in the third quarter of 2007.

Detailed design of the Fermoy South West Scheme will commence when construction on the North Scheme is underway. The South East Scheme will follow similarly when construction commences on the South West Scheme.