Kerry hasn’t received funding so far this year for flood relief works

Kerry hasn’t received any funding so far this year for flood relief works.

That’s according to figures from Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, who was speaking in the Dáil.

Minister Paschal Donohoe says the Government’s core strategy for addressing significant flood risks along the River Shannon is the OPW’s Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Programme.

There are 66 Areas for Further Assessment in the Shannon River Basin District, which includes Kerry, that have been assessed under CFRAM.

Seven of these areas are in Kerry – Tralee, Banna, Moneycashen, Tarbert Power Station, Listowel, Abbeydorney, and Ballylongford.

The OPW introduced the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme in the Shannon Catchment in 2009.

Under this scheme, 20 projects across the country have been approved funding in the first four months of this year, but Kerry isn’t included.

The county was allocated funding for two projects under the scheme last year, for five projects in 2015, and for one project each in 2013 and 2014.

Since 2009 Kerry has got funding under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for a total of 27 projects.