Thomas Pringle TD

PQ: Gov’t won’t fund Maghery Coastal repair works for lack of ‘economic justification’

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DÁIL QUESTION addressed to the Minister of State at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, Deputy Seán Canney T.D.
by Deputy Thomas Pringle
for WRITTEN ANSWER on Tuesday, 15th November, 2016.
* To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the reason for the decline in funding for the installation of rock armour at Maghery Strand in West Donegal; if his attention has been drawn to the increasing rates of coastal erosion and sand; if he will meet with representatives of the maghery coastal erosion committee to discuss this further; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Thomas Pringle TD
The application received from Donegal County Council under the Minor Flood Mitigation Works and Coastal Protection Scheme for funding to undertake a project comprising of coastal erosion defence repairs at Maghery Strand is not eligible for funding under the scheme as it did not meet the criteria of the scheme for a number of reasons which have been notified to the Council by the Office of Public Works. One important reason is that no economic consideration or justification of the proposed measures was presented in the application. It would be more appropriate that representatives of the Maghery coastal erosion committee meet with Donegal County Council to discuss the application.

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