Question to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform (Mr. Brendan Howlin, TD)

To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the progress being made on the flood relief scheme for Douglas in County Cork; when each stage of the scheme is expected to be completed; the funding that has been allocated to this scheme; and if he will make a statement on the matter. – Jerry Buttimer

For WRITTEN ANSWER on 23, June, 2015.

REPLY

The Douglas Flood Relief Scheme is being progressed by Cork County Council as the Contracting Authority for the project as part of an overall scheme for Douglas and Togher, with funding being provided by the Office of Public Works (OPW). It is expected that the Scheme will be brought though Planning in the third quarter of this year. Subject to the proposed scheme being accepted, the detailed design will be commenced and it is anticipated that this will take until the middle of 2016. Procurement of a civil works contractor will then be undertaken by Cork County Council.

The Council expects construction to commence in the second half of 2016, subject to satisfactory completion of the necessary procurement and approval processes.

The OPW is fully supporting the Council in the progression of this Scheme and has made provision for the cost of implementing the scheme in its financial profiles to 2017.