Thursday, 16 May 2019

Ceisteanna (54)

Michael Healy-Rae

Ceist:

54. Deputy Michael Healy-Rae asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if proposed works are due to be carried out on a glasha (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [21206/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

The Office of Public Works (OPW) carries out a programme of Arterial Drainage Maintenance to a total of 11,500 km of river channel and approximately 730 km of embankments nationally. These maintenance works relate to arterial drainage schemes completed by the OPW under the Arterial Drainage Acts 1945 and 1995. However, the area in question is not within the Arterial Drainage Maintenance Scheme.

Local flooding issues are a matter, in the first instance, for each Local Authority to investigate and address, and County Councils may carry out flood mitigation works using their own resources. The OPW operates the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme. This purpose of this scheme is to provide funding to Local Authorities to undertake minor flood mitigation works or studies to address localised flooding and coastal protection problems within their administrative areas. The scheme generally applies to relatively straightforward cases where a solution can be readily identified and achieved in a short time frame. Full details are on our website www.opw.ie

I am advised by my Office that funding of €148,370 has been approved to Kerry County Council under the OPW Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for flood mitigation works at Clieveragh, Listowel, Co Kerry. I understand, however, that the works being undertaken under the Minor Works Scheme in Clieveragh are south of the property in question.

It is a matter for the local authority to progress these works. Any queries relating to these works should be directed to the local authority.