Dáil Éireann - Volume 638 - 26 September, 2007

Written Answers. - Coastal Protection.

Deputy Michael Ring asked the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources if funding will be made available for an application by a local authority (details supplied) in County Mayo under coastal protection measures; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [20110/07]

  Deputy Eamon Ryan:Responsibility for coast protection rests with the property owner whether it be a local authority or a private individual. My Department does, however, provide grant aid to various local authorities in respect of coast protection works subject to the availability of Exchequer funding and overall national priorities. All applications for funding received from the local authorities are examined and given consideration when my Department is drawing up the Coast Protection Programme each year.

The 2007 Coast Protection Programme was announced on the 3rd June and regrettably funding was not available for repairs to the sea wall at Roscahill. Funding of €100,000 was however approved in the case of Mayo County Council’s application in respect of Accony, Louisburgh.

Future applications for funding from Mayo County Council will be considered, subject to the availability of Exchequer funding and overall national priorities, going forward.