Thursday, 12 December 2019

Ceisteanna (73)

Brendan Ryan

Ceist:

73. Deputy Brendan Ryan asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his views on the need for a permanent extended scheme (details supplied) in view of the destruction of properties, public amenities and the dune system at the location in recent months; and if funding will be approved for proposals which are due to be submitted by Fingal County Council. [52469/19]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Public)

I am advised, in respect of coastal erosion at the Burrow, Portrane, County Dublin, that Fingal County Council is leading on this issue, as 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.

In 2018, in response to serious coastal erosion problems at The Burrow, Portrane, Fingal County Council implemented temporary interim emergency measures to protect properties at risk. Funding of €456,464 was approved under the OPW Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for these works.

Since then, Consultants appointed by Fingal County Council are currently assessing options for a longer term permanent solution for the Portrane Peninsula / Rogerstown Outer Estuary area. Fingal County Council have advised that the assessment of options will be followed by extensive public consultation, and environmental assessment and consent processes, which are likely to take several months to conclude. The Council has confirmed that it is probable, therefore, that the study, and the associated approved plan for the peninsula, will take at least until the middle of 2020 to complete.

OPW continues to co-operate and assist Fingal County Council and accordingly met with Fingal County Council and their consultants on 5 November 2019 to receive an update on the progress of the study.

If a viable option is identified, the Council may submit a further application for funding to the OPW or other Government Departments as appropriate.