The prospect of a flood relief scheme in Graignamanagh is currently being examined by the Office of Public Works but debris in the bridge outlets is a matter for the local authority.
Fianna Fáil's John McGuinness asked the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the timeframe for the funding and commencement of the flood relief scheme for Graignamanagh, Kilkenny.
He also queried the reason for the delay in starting the project and if the fallen trees, debris, overgrowth and rubbish will be removed from the outlets of the bridge in Graignamanagh to avoid further local flooding.
Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Kevin Boxer Moran, said: “I assume the Deputy is referring to a potential scheme of Individual Property Protection (IPP) measures which is the subject of a Feasibility Study undertaken on behalf of Kilkenny County Council (KCC).
“The Feasibility Study Report, which was undertaken on a pilot basis, has been completed and submitted to the Office of Public Works (OPW) by KCC for consideration.
“The Report is currently being examined within OPW. The Report and its conclusions are being considered in the context of the proposals for a major scheme of permanent structural flood defence measures included in the Flood Risk Management Plan for Graignamanagh under the CFRAM Programme.
“The OPW expects to conclude its assessment of the Feasibility Report shortly and discussions between OPW and KCC will be required to consider the most appropriate, sustainable and economically viable flood relief measures for Graignamanagh.
“In relation to the CFRAM Programme, I would hope by the end of this year to seek approval from the Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform for the 29 Flood Risk Management Plans developed under the CFRAM process.
“Thereafter I would hope to announce the proposed structural measures contained within those Plans that will, over the coming years, be taken to detailed design and construction to protect those communities at risk.
“Further, local consultation in Graignamanagh will need to be undertaken regarding the eventual preferred flood relief measures to be undertaken and so it is not possible to provide a time frame on the matter at the moment.
“In relation to fallen trees, debris, overgrowth and rubbish at the outlets of the bridge, the OPW does not have a maintenance role at this location. This matter is best referred to the local authority for attention.”