Funding approved for Doolin Coastal Study – Breen

April 29th, 2015 - Pat Breen

Clare T.D. and Chairman of the Oireachtas Committee on Foreign Affairs and Trade Pat Breen has welcomed the news that the OPW has approved funding for a single coastal erosion and flood risk management study for Doolin.

“Following representations, I was pleased to be informed by the Minister of State, with responsibility for the OPW, Simon Harris T.D., today (Wednesday) that the OPW has agreed in principle to provide funding to Clare County Council to undertake this study.

The extent of the study should cover the length of coastline shown from Crab Island (located south of Doolin Point) to the mount of the River Aillie – a length of approximately 1.5 km.

Doolin is home to one of the busiest Coastguard Stations in the Country and during the height of the storms last year their office was very badly flooding. While they are now operating out of a state of the art building which was officially opened recently; it is important that steps are taken to prevent future flooding. As well as that the local Pier is a hub of activity as thousands of visitors annually avail of the ferry services operating from there to access the Aran Islands and to take sightseeing tours around the Cliffs of Moher and given the development of the new Pier, it is anticipated that there will be increased demand for the services there going forward.

I understand that Clare County Council will commission the consultants through the standard procurement process and this study will provide invaluable information to support decision making about how best to manage risks associated with coastal flooding and coastal erosion in Doolin in the future.”