Dear Mr. *******,
I refer to your e-mail of 26th November, 2009 enquiring as to the
possibility of diverting a portion of the foreign aid budget(tele 670million)
alleviation measures. The delay in responding to your e-mail is regretted.
I wish to advise that funding has been provided by several Government
Departments in order to tackle the results of the flooding throughout
the country from November, 2009. Funding was provided in the following
- €10m was provided for a Humanitarian Aid Scheme administered through
the Community Welfare Service of the Department of Social Protection to
alleviate hardship by the flooding.
- €2m was allocated for a targeted Fodder Aid Scheme administered by the
Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food.
- €14m of funding was provided by the Department of the Environment,
Heritage and Local Government for post-flooding clean -up by local
- €50m was allocated to the OPW for flood risk management in 2010.
The Office of Public Works has primary responsibility for the management
of flood risks associated with rivers (fluvial) and flooding from the
sea. Flooding from rainfall (pluvial) and flooding from surface water
drainage system are matters that primarily are dealt with by local
authorities. In carrying out its responsibilities in relation to
flooding, the OPW:
- undertakes or commissions flood risk management studies with a view to
identifying areas of significant risk .
- implements major flood relief schemes aimed at reducing flood risk
- provides information and advice in relation to flood prevention and
flood mitigation measures to the general public and public bodies
- provides funding for localised minor flood mitigation works and
studies undertaken by Local Authorities.
In relation to the last point, the OPW allocated funding of €2.1 m to
local authorities to undertake minor flood mitigation works in 2009. To
date in 2010 an amount of €10.6m has been allocated to local authorities
and further funding will be allocated during the year.
With regard to your comment on building on flood plains, I wish to
advise that on 30th November, 2009 the Department of the Environment,
Heritage and Local Government published Guidelines on the Planning
System & Flood Risk Management on the consideration of flood risk in the
planning and development management system.
The Guidelines, which were
developed in conjunction with the OPW, identify the need for planning
authorities to undertake a Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) to identify,
quantify and communicate the risk of flooding to an appropriate degree
of detail to inform the plan-making process.
I trust the foregoing demonstrates the commitment of the OPW and other
Government bodies to address the hardship caused by flooding and to
reduce the risk of further occurrences.