Minister Howlin confirms Clare River (Claregalway) Flood Relief Scheme

Issued 12 November 2015

The Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Brendan Howlin T.D, is delighted to confirm the Clare River (Claregalway) Flood Relief Scheme which will enable the Office of Public Works (OPW) to begin work on the scheme once an 8 week period of public notice of the confirmation decision has ended.

This is the first scheme to be confirmed under new EU regulations.  There is now a requirement for an independent assessment of the Environmental Impact Statement prepared for the scheme.

Welcoming the Scheme, Minister Howlin said:

I am very much aware of the potential impact of flooding on communities and the Government has provided significant investment of €430 million in the Capital Investment Plan over the 2016-2021 period for flood mitigation initiatives to protect threatened localities from river and coastal flood risk. This Scheme will provide flood protection for properties which flooded in 2009 and will also provide flood protection for properties which are currently at risk from flooding.” 

Simon Harris, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works also welcomed the confirmation stating:

The effects of flooding can be long-lasting for communities and Claregalway is no exception, having suffered extensive flooding in 2009.  Some advance works have been successfully undertaken and I am delighted that this confirmation will, after the required public notice period, now enable my Office to progress this major scheme of works on the Clare River”.

Details of the confirmation are available on the Department’s website at Advertisements to this effect will be placed in the local media this week and also in Iris Oifigiúil

Note to Editors: 

The Scheme was confirmed in accordance with the provisions of the European Union (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Arterial Drainage) Regulations 2012. The regulations provide that the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform shall consider the environmental impact statement submitted as part of a proposed drainage or flood risk management scheme and determine whether that environmental impact statement adequately identifies, describes and assesses the direct and indirect effects of the proposed scheme.

The Clare River catchment associated with this scheme extends from 1 km upstream of Crusheeny Bridge to the confluence of the Clare River with Lough Corrib Lower. It includes the main Clare River channel, tributaries, floodplain and immediate surrounding areas of the River Clare. The Clare River and main tributaries form part of the Corrib Clare Arterial Drainage Scheme, which was constructed in the late 1950’s and early 1960’s, for which the OPW has a statutory maintenance responsibility. 

See also: 


S.I. No. 470/2012 European Union (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Flood Risk) Regulations 2012