Friday, 6 September 2019

Ceisteanna (230, 231, 232, 233, 234)

Pat the Cope Gallagher

Ceist:

230. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding flooding defence plans for Ballybofey and Stranorlar, County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36807/19]

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Pat the Cope Gallagher

Ceist:

231. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding flooding defence plans for Castlefinn, County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36808/19]

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Pat the Cope Gallagher

Ceist:

232. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding flooding defence plans in Glenties, County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36809/19]

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Pat the Cope Gallagher

Ceist:

233. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding flooding defence plans in Downings, County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36810/19]

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Pat the Cope Gallagher

Ceist:

234. Deputy Pat The Cope Gallagher asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the position regarding flooding defence plans in Lifford, County Donegal; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [36811/19]

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Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

I propose to take Questions Nos. 230 to 234, inclusive, together.

Fifteen projects were identified in County Donegal in the Flood Risk Management Plans that I announced in May 2018. Following consultation and discussions between the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Donegal County Council (DCC), six of the Donegal projects have been selected to be progressed in the first phase of implementation. These are:

Lifford, County Donegal

The proposed Lifford Flood Relief Scheme consists of a series of flood embankments and walls with an early stage estimated cost of €5.9m.

The tender process for the appointment of both Engineering and Environmental consultants is underway with an expectation that the appointments will be made in October, 2019 .

Castlefinn, County Donegal

The proposed flood relief scheme for Castlefinn consists of about 800m of flood defence walls and embankments and has an estimated early stage cost of €1.75m. Tendering for the required design consultants is expected to commence in the coming weeks.

Glenties, County Donegal

The proposed flood relief scheme for Glenties, Co. Donegal has an estimated early stage cost of €0.55m and the proposed measures consists of a series of flood embankments and walls and land use management. Tendering for the required design consultants is expected to commence in the coming weeks.

Downings, County Donegal

The proposed flood relief scheme for Downings, Co. Donegal has an estimated cost of €0.87m and consists of a series of flood embankments and flood walls. Tendering for the required design consultants is expected to commence in the coming weeks.

Flood defence projects for Burnfoot and Carrowkeel are also included in the initial six projects in the first phase of implementation.

The proposed schemes for Castlefinn, Glenties, Downings, Burnfoot and Carrowkeel are being progressed by Donegal County Council. The OPW is leading the progression of the proposed scheme for Lifford.

Ballybofey and Stranorlar, County Donegal

The proposed flood relief scheme for Ballybofey and Stranorlar is not in the first phase of projects to be advanced. However, both the OPW and Donegal County Council will work closely to ensure that the project will be progressed as early as possible in the coming years and within the 10-year timeframe for the programme of investment. The proposed scheme for Ballybofey and Stranorlar has an estimated early stage cost of €1.92m and consists of hard defences and improvement of channel conveyance.

Funding of €157,500 was approved in 2018 under the OPW's Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for a project at Ballybofey and Stranorlar. The works comprise the removal of vegetation and trees on the embankment and construction of pumps / pumping areas.