1. Background

In November 2011 the Office of Public Works (OPW) appointed Mott MacDonald Ireland to carry out the South Western Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Study.

The South Western CFRAM Study is part of the National CFRAM Programme. The CFRAM Programme is central to the Government’s medium to long term strategy for the mitigation and management of flood risk in Ireland.

The aim of the study is to identify areas at significant risk of flooding and to propose measures that will manage the flood risk in those areas. Clonakilty was identified as one of the areas at significant risk from flooding.

Prioritisation of Clonakilty

Following the flood events that occurred in Clonakilty in the summer of 2012, Clonakilty was given top priority within the South Western CFRAM Study. Originally it was scheduled that the development of flood risk mitigation options for Clonakilty would not be available until 2015. However, the work associated with Clonakilty was accelerated through the South Western CFRAM Study and in March 2014 the Office of Public Works (OPW) appointed Mott MacDonald Ireland to carry out the Detailed Design of the Clonakilty Flood Relief Scheme.

Work was carried out to develop and optimise the preliminary flood mitigation options which were identified as part of the South Western CFRAM Study. A Final Engineering Report was prepared which outlines the preferred scheme and is available on the Downloads page.

A Public Exhibition of the preferred scheme took place from the 15th December 2014 to the 20th January 2015. The exhibition was open to members of the public and affected landowners were notified in advance and invited to attend. A period for submitting observations on the exhibited scheme was open until 20th February 2015. For further information please see the Public Exhibition page.

Following the Public Exhibition, the Detailed Design Stage of the scheme was carried out which took a number of months to complete. Once complete, details of the scheme were submitted to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr. Paschal Donohoe T.D. for confirmation. During this time the construction contract for the scheme was also issued for tender.

On 5th September 2017, Mr. Kevin Moran, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, announced receipt of notification that the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Mr. Paschal Donohoe T.D., formally confirmed the River Fealge (Clonakilty) Flood Relief Scheme.

On 23rd February 2018, Mr. Kevin Moran, T.D., Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief, was in Clonakilty to announce that the OPW had appointed Ward and Burke Construction Ltd. as the civil works contractor to carry out the construction of the Clonakilty Flood Relief Scheme.

The construction stage is expected to last approximately 2 years.