Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Ceisteanna (310)

Colm Keaveney

Ceist:

310. Deputy Colm Keaveney asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the studies that have been carried out since 2008 by the Office of Public Works into flooding in the townland of Pollaturick, Miltown, Tuam, County Galway, following works carried in the townland in connection with the Miltown group water scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21311/14]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

I am advised that the Office of Public Works (OPW) has not carried out studies at this location. OPW engineering staff visited the area last year to investigate reports of flooding. I understand that works were carried out in the area by a contractor on behalf of Galway County Council, relating to the construction of a group water scheme. In this regard the matter should be raised with the Council.

With regard to localised flooding generally, it is open to Galway County Council to submit an application for funding under the OPW's Minor Flood Mitigation Works & Coastal Protection Scheme. Any application received will be assessed under the eligibility criteria, which includes a requirement that any measures are cost beneficial, and have regard to the overall availability of funding. Application forms and related guidelines are available on the OPW website under Flood Risk Management.