Council draws down €30,000 for study into flood protection measures

The details were published in response to a Parliamentary Question

Darren Hassett

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Kilkenny County Council has drawn down €30,000 for a study into flood protection measures in Graignamanagh and Thomastown. 

The Kilkenny pilot is looking at individual property  protection and the Office of Public Works is funding the costs of a research and feasibility study into the potential provision of the flood defences.

The local authority is considering the consulting engineers’ preliminary report to help inform recommendations to the OPW on the next stages of the pilot. 

Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Kevin 'Boxer' Moran, said: "The Interdepartmental Flood Policy Co-ordination Group this year is considering the potential costs and benefits associated with the introduction of an individual property protection scheme.

"The Group is being informed by two different pilot projects, in Thomastown and Graignamanagh in County Kilkenny and Crossmolina in County Mayo.

"The Co-ordination Group’s work, when completed, will be submitted to Government for consideration in the context of the merits of the introduction by Government of any scheme to support individual property protection measures."

He added: "Both pilots are being funded through the OPW’s Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme. In respect of the Kilkenny pilot, the OPW is funding the costs of a research and feasibility study into the potential provision of individual property protection.

"Kilkenny County Council is considering the consulting engineers’ preliminary report to help inform recommendations to the OPW on the next stages of the pilot. To date the Council have drawn down some €30,000 towards the cost of the study."