Thursday, 22 February 2018

Ceisteanna (84)

Éamon Ó Cuív

Ceist:

84. Deputy Éamon Ó Cuív asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if the Office of Public Works has received an application for works under the minor works scheme to prevent or mitigate against erosion in Ardfry, Renville and Oranmore from Galway County Council; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [9122/18]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

Coastal erosion and coastal flooding issues are a matter for Local Authorities to investigate and address in the first instance and it is open to Galway County Council to carry out coastal protection and flood mitigation works using its own resources.

I have been advised by the Office of Public Works that no applications for projects at Ardfry, Renville or Oranmore have been received to date under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme.

Funding of €1,144,800 was allocated to Galway County Council in 2014 for coastal protection repair works for infrastructure damaged during the storms of December, 2013 and January, 2014. Additional funding of €498,000 in this regard was allocated to the Council in 2015.

The initial allocation included funding of €12,000 for a project at Renville Seafront Walk, Oranmore and this funding was fully drawn-down.

Of the total funding of €1,642,800 provided to the Council in 2014 and 2015 for storm damage repairs, €1,504,556 has been expended to date. The Council has advised that it plans to complete outstanding works on a coastal project at Ardnagreevagh, Renville in 2018 at an estimated cost of €138,243, when the total allocation of funding will be expended.