I am advised by my Office that it is a matter for Local Authorities, in the first instance, to assess and address problems of coastal erosion in their areas. Where necessary, Local Authorities may put forward proposals to relevant central Government Departments, including the OPW, for funding of appropriate measures depending on the infrastructure or assets under threat.
I would point out that the Minor Flood Mitigation Works & Coastal Protection Scheme is not a grant scheme for individual property or home owners and all proposals for works and funding must come from the local authority. The applications must also demonstrate that specific economic, social and environmental criteria, including a cost benefit ratio, are met.
My Office, the Office of Public Works, received an application from Limerick City and County Council for funding for the area mentioned in the Deputy’s question under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme. OPW requested further information from the Council in August 2018 which has since been received. In order to complete assessment, however, some areas of clarification have been requested and are still awaited.