Dan Neville TD, Chairman Fine Gael Parliamentary Party on Tuesday 31st March 2015, warmly welcomed confirmation from Minister of State Simon Harris TD that he has given approval of €30,000 to Askeaton for the appointment of consultants to prepare a detailed design of proposed improvements to include costings and cost benefit analysis.
“This funding approval is under the OPW Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme which is due to be notified to Limerick County Council.”
“This is something that I have been lobbying for, for a considerable time and on Tuesday 20th January last, I raised this matter by way of a Parliamentary Question in Dáil Eireann to the Minister see Parliamentary Question attached.”
“DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and
* To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will provide an update on the application for flood relief funding at Askeaton and Ballysteen, County Limerick; and if he will make a statement on the matter.
– Dan Neville TD
Limerick City and County Council submitted applications for funding for projects at Askeaton and Ballysteen under the Office of Public Works’ (OPW) Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme. With regard to Askeaton, the OPW last week requested additional information from the Council in relation to the application. When this information is received the application will be fully assessed under the eligibility criteria of the Scheme. I would point out also that Askeaton is an Area for Further Assessment (AFA) under the Shannon Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Study that is being carried out by the OPW to identify specific flood mitigation measures for the area. The OPW’s assessment of the application for funding under the Minor Works scheme will also have regard to that fact. In relation to Ballysteen, the application is currently being assessed and a decision should be reached shortly.”