Coastal Erosion Problems at Quilty

February 6th, 2008 - Pat Breen

Parliamentary Question No.254

To ask the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food further to Parliamentary Question No. 804 of 30 January 2008, if his attention has been drawn to the coastal erosion problems at Quilty, County Clare; the steps he proposes to take to protect the beach and property; and if she will make a statement on the matter.

– Pat Breen.

For WRITTEN answer on Wednesday, 6th February, 2008.

Ref No: 4010/08 Proof: 241

REPLY

Minister for Agriculture Fisheries & Food (Mary Coughlan T.D.)

The Beach at Quilty, Co. Clare is owned by Clare County Council and responsibility for its maintenance and development is a matter for the local authority in the first instance.

It should be noted that in line with a recent Government decision, responsibility for Coastal Protection and Coastal Flooding will become the responsibility of the Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government and arrangements are currently in train to effect the transfer.

Pending the transfer my Department is currently inviting proposals from Local Authorities for inclusion in the 2008 Coastal Protection Programme.

Any application received from Clare County Council for funding under the 2008 Coastal Protection Programme will be considered based on Exchequer funding and overall national priorities going forward.