Dáil replies on Lough Funshinagh flooding

In Agriculture, Blog, Families, Mid-Roscommon, Older People by Denis Naughten

Attached are Dáil replies that I received this week on the flooding at Lough Funshinagh. As you can see some of the replies disappointingly are still outstanding.
I have also submitted written queries on last weeks Dáil replies to the Heritage Division and the Geological Survey.
I understand that a follow up meeting to this weeks Ministerial meeting is now being arranged with all of the State stakeholders.

Denis

 

 

Dáil replies on Lough Funshinagh week ending 23rd January 2021

 

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*30. To ask the Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications further to Parliamentary Question No. 16 of 14 January 2021, if the rainfall data over the past decade is a more accurate indicator of future rainfall in view of projections of more significant rainfall particularly in the west of Ireland due to climatic changes; and if he will make a statement on the matter. — Denis Naughten. [3432/21]

 

REPLY OUTSTANDING

 

*139. To ask the Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage further to Parliamentary Question No. 99 of 14 January 2021, if he will review the scientific basis for not supporting the construction of an overflow outfall for the Lough Funshinagh turlough given that Lough Funshinagh is one of the most significant sites of its type in the EU which is a priority habitat and in view of projections of more significant rainfall, particularly in the west of Ireland due to climatic changes which will have a detrimental impact of the unique hydrology of this particular turlough; and if he will make a statement on the matter. — Denis Naughten. [3428/21]

 

REPLY OUTSTANDING

 

 

For Written Answer on : 21/01/2021
Question Number(s): 495 Question Reference(s): 3258/21
Department: Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Asked by: Denis Naughten T.D.
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QUESTION

To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine if he will report on his meeting with the Minister for the OPW with regard to Lough Funshinagh County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY

I met yesterday with Minister Patrick O’Donovan, Minister of State with responsibility for the OPW, and including a number of his officials.  We are very aware of the significant impact on the communities that flooding is having, including in relation to Lough Funshinagh.  I will continue to engage with the Minister in relation to this situation.

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For Written Answer on : 21/01/2021
Question Number(s): 510 Question Reference(s): 3429/21
Department: Agriculture, Food and the Marine
Asked by: Denis Naughten T.D.
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QUESTION

To ask the Minister for Agriculture; Food and the Marine further to Parliamentary Question No. 245 of 14 January 2021, when he expects to have completed his consideration of the evaluation in view of the fact that his predecessor commenced this consideration over two years ago; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

REPLY

 

The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine instigated a feasibility study for a scheme for the voluntary relocation of farmyards. This work is being carried out within the terms of the Inter-departmental Flood Policy Group and will be concluded shortly.

My Department continues to monitor the situation in relation to the floods of farmland in general and farmyards where it arises.

 

 

QUESTION

To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform if he will report on the meeting of the Minister for the OPW with the Minister for Agriculture with regard to Lough Funshinagh County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. Identical Question(s): Agriculture -Denis Naughten.

 

* For WRITTENanswer on 21/01/2021 Ref No: 3259/21 Assigned To: Dáil Question No: 104

 

To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform further to Parliamentary Question No. 80 of 14 January 2021, if he can justify the spending of the minor works flood mitigation scheme funds in view of the fact that the last minor works to construct a flood embankment was a failure and lead to the relocation of the family; if he is of the view that a minor works flood mitigation scheme application is an appropriate scheme to deal with rising ground waters rather than fluvial flooding; and if he will make a statement on the matter. -Denis Naughten.

 

* For WRITTENanswer on 21/01/2021 Ref No: 3431/21 Assigned To: Dáil Question No: 106

 

To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the funding provided by the OPW for the construction of a bund around a family home at Lough Funshinagh, County Roscommon; and if he will make a statement on the matter. -Denis Naughten.

 

* For WRITTENanswer on 21/01/2021 Ref No: 3440/21 Assigned To: ·PQ Flood Relief ·PQs OPW ·Chairmans Office

Reply

 

Minister of State at Public Expenditure and Reform (Patrick O’Donovan T.D.)

 

I propose to take PQs 102, 104and 106together. I are very aware of the significant impact on communities and distress arising from flooding and the continuing risk of flooding. I have seen at first hand the impact of flooding on people and their homes and farms and I convey my deepest sympathy to all of those in the area who are being affected by flooding and the risk of flooding from Lough Funshinagh. Following severe flooding during the winter of 2015/2016, Roscommon County Council applied, in 2018, to the Office of Public Works (OPW) for funding to undertake a study at Lough Funshinagh and its environs under the OPW Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme. Funding approval in the amount of €72,000 was given and Roscommon County Council subsequently appointed Malachy Walsh and Partners to carry out this commission. Funding for this type of exploratory work is important to identify possible engineering solutions that meet the environmental and economic requirements in advance of progressing with engineering solutions. A range of flood mitigation options have been considered for Lough Funshinagh. It was determined that the options were not economically or environmentally sustainable. I am advised that the current high water levels, while rare, are within the naturally occurring range. There is no evidence to suggest that the flooding was due to an abnormal decrease in the outflow rate from the Lough other than that due to possible seasonal variation in the subsurface water level. I am advised by my Office that the OPW did not provide funding for works at the property referred to by the Deputy, I understand these works may have been carried out by Roscommon County Council. Where no engineering solution is planned or possible for a property that was worst affected by the flooding events in 2015/2016, the Government has approved to offer humanitarian assistance to assist families relocate their primary residence. Accordingly, those property-owners in the locality of the Lough who have applied for the Government’s Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme are being advanced through this Scheme. I met with the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, T.D. and officials yesterday. We are very aware of the significant impact on the communities that flooding and the risk of flooding on Lough Funshinagh is having. I and my colleague discussed the issues in relation to Lough Funshinagh and continue to monitor the situation.