Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Ceisteanna (172)

Micheál Martin

Ceist:

172. Deputy Micheál Martin asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the status of progress being made for flood prevention in Cork city; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [16155/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The Office of Public Works (OPW) is currently progressing two flood relief schemes in Cork City as follows:

- The Blackpool (River Bride) Flood Relief Scheme

- The Lower Lee (Cork City) Flood Relief Scheme.

Following consultation with the public and various stakeholders in the Blackpool area and the subsequent finalisation of the detailed design, the Confirmation Drawings & Public Exhibition Report, together with all environmental documentation for the Blackpool (River Bride) Flood Relief Scheme has been submitted to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform for confirmation under the Arterial Drainage Acts 1945 and 1995.

The Lower Lee (Cork City) Flood Relief Scheme is currently at detailed design stage. The design team, in conjunction with Cork City and County Councils, is finalising the design of the scheme taking into account, as appropriate, observations received from the public and various stakeholders during Exhibition Stage. Once the detailed design is finalised, the scheme will be submitted to the Minister for Public Expenditure & Reform for Ministerial Confirmation under the Arterial Drainage Acts.

Cork City Council is progressing a Public Realm Project for Morrison’s Island which incorporates flood relief elements which will be funded by the OPW. The Council has submitted the project to An Bord Pleanála for approval.