Fianna Fáil TD for Cork South Central Michael McGrath has questioned the new Minister of State with responsibility for the OPW Sean Canney TD about the planned flood relief scheme for Cork City.
Deputy McGrath said, “I took the opportunity of Minister Canney’s first appearance before the Select Finance Committee today to raise the issue of the ongoing delays in delivering the planned major flood relief scheme for Cork City. Minister Canney informed me that an exhibition of the planned scheme will take place in the third quarter of this year. This will be followed by a public consultation phase and then the detailed design of the scheme. He advised me that advance works are planned at Morrison’s island and the overall flood relief scheme for Cork City will move to construction in 2018.
“It is now approaching seven years since the devastating flood event in Cork City in November 2009. It is immensely frustrating for homeowners and businesses that the promised flood relief scheme has still not been delivered. Many business owners and householders are living in fear of another flood event and are doing so in the absence of flood insurance cover. I will continue to press the OPW and the Government to ensure this flood relief scheme is completed without further delay.
“I also raised with the Minister the need to ensure that insurance cover is reinstated in areas where flood relief schemes have been completed. This is essential, especially in view of the fact that the insurance industry has taken issue with the use of demountable defences in flood relief schemes. I asked the Minister to take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that flood insurance cover is provided where flood relief schemes have been completed to the required standard. Fianna Fáil intends to bring forward legislation to address this issue”.