Clare to get almost half of €20m approved for flood repairs
Hayes says payment is first in a series to deal with damage caused by extreme storms
Damage to the Lahinch promenade in Co Clare is seen in this image from January this year. Wave tore apart the pavement. Photograph: Press 22
County Clare will be allocated almost half of the €20 million in funding to repair flood defences and coastal protection in the communities worst affected by the first of this winter’s extreme weather events.
Minister of State at the Office of Public Works Brian Hayes made the announcement of where the funds will be allocated this morning, with County Clare being allotted €8.27m of the €19.6m fund.
Its coastal towns were the most adversely affected by the first of the major winter storms that occurred before Christmas.
Mr Hayes told The Irish Times this morning that this is the first of a possible three such allocations to repair defence infrastructure battered and damaged by storms throughout December and January.
Minister of the Environment Phil Hogan will be bringing a memo to Government at the end of this month based on estimates of damage he has received from local authorities in areas affected by the two later weather events in January and February. Mr Hayes said he expected that further funds would be allocated by Government as a result, to repair the defence.
Mr Hayes said this morning: “Since Christmas, I have visited many coastal communities which have suffered so severely from storms, flooding and tidal surges. The physical damage will take time to repair and I am pleased that my Office has responded so quickly.
He said the OPW would be willing to advance up to 80 per cent of the funding required up front to allow the work to begin quickly.
Cork County: €1,057,000
Dublin City: €15,000
Galway County: €1,144,800
Galway City: €105,000