Climate Change and Natural Resources

Archive for the ‘Local Issues’ Category

Coastal Erosion

Dec
2017
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Climate Change and Natural Resources, Dáil Issues, Environment, Local Issues, National

Clare has continuously raised the issue of coastal erosion in relation to a national strategy to deal with the worse effected areas including Portrane in North County Dublin.  The sluggish response to the issue is placing homes in danger.  See below for recent replies from the minister on this issue:

To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his plans to develop a coordinated national coastal plan to prioritise the most at risk inhabited and to develop a unified approach to the management of coastal erosion nationwide..

– Clare Daly TD

REPLY

The primary objective of Government policy on coastal protection is to ensure that in areas identified as being at greatest risk of damage or loss of economic assets through coastal erosion or flooding, appropriate and sustainable measures are identified by Local Authorities to protect those assets. Where such measures are economically justified on cost benefit grounds and compatible with all required environmental and other statutory requirements, they are implemented subject to the availability of resources.
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Local Issues, Oral Questions, Public Expenditure

Despite numerous requests and consultations about the dangerous situation of damage to the dunes at Portrane there is still no action or plan to tackle the issue.  Inaction by government and council may cost people their homes, they both need to step up and take some responsibility. 

To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform the steps he has taken to ensure that Fingal county council using available funds is acting to prevent further damage to dunes at Portrane, County Dublin.

To ask the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform his strategy for preventing the destruction of homes at risk due to coastal erosion in particular in relation to coastal damage at Portrane, County Dublin; and if he will make a statement on the matter.

– Clare Daly TD

REPLY

I am very aware of the problems that coastal communities face in dealing with the erosion of soft coastline particularly given the severe weather events we have experienced in this country in recent years. I am aware from my recent visit to Donegal the issues associated with erosion of soft coastal defences. I can assure the Deputy that work is being carried out to address the problem at both a strategic level and through the local authorities responding to localised coastal erosion issues.
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Dáil Issues, Environment, Local Issues, Oral Questions, Public Expenditure

Dáil Issues, Education, Local Issues, Oral Questions

 

To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address the accommodation crisis at a school (details supplied) which is forcing the preschool childcare facility to seek alternative premises. (Details Supplied) Holywell Educate Together

REPLY.
The Deputy will be aware, from previous questions and correspondence concerning the specific preschool to which the Deputy refers, that the prior approval of the Minister should have been sought, for the preschool, in order that the overall needs of the school could be accommodated.
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