The flooding in Clonakilty in 2012. Picture: Denis Minihane.

A TENDER competition has been announced for a major flood relief scheme for Clonakilty.

The works will protect the town from both river and tiidal flooding. It will include a water storage system upstream, along with new tidal defence walls, works to bridges, raising of roads and the construction of surface storm water pumping stations.

Clonakilty was struck by flash flooding in 2012 which caused significant damage in the town.

The plans for the current flood defence system went on public display in late 2014 and early 2015.

Seán Canney, Minister of State for the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief, announced today that a tender competition to build the defences has now been advertised on

“Clonakilty is one of many towns in Cork that has suffered serious flooding in recent times. I am delighted to announce that, following a Public Exhibition in late 2014 and early 2015, the plans for a major flood relief scheme for the town have progressed to the tender stage and that this critical milestone brings the people of Clonakilty nearer to being protected from the type of devastating flooding that has impacted the town in the past. 

"Alongside the major flood relief works already completed in Mallow and Fermoy, the major works underway in Bandon and Skibbereen, the very significant scheme for Cork City whose Public Exhibition I launched last week and numerous Minor Works projects, these proposed works in Clonakilty will ensure that the people of Cork will see the benefit of an enormous investment by the State in flood protection measures.” 

The Minister commented that the Capital Investment Plan 2016 – 2021 includes an allocation of €430 million for flood risk management and this very significant provision is funding the existing flood relief capital works programme which has 12 major flood relief schemes currently under construction, a further 6 major projects, including Clonakilty, planned to commence construction in 2017 and 17 other major projects at design development and planning stages which will move to construction stage over the next few years. The overall flood risk capital envelope is also available to fund additional projects, over and above those in the existing work programme, which will fall to be implemented over the coming years under the Flood Risk Management Plans under the CFRAM* Programme.

The Minister went on to say “The existing and planned expenditure on flood relief measures represents an unprecedented level of investment by the Government to protect individuals, families, communities and businesses throughout the country against the most serious risk and impact of flooding. This year the Office of Public Works will spend its full allocation for flood relief works of just over €52 million and is working towards meeting the target set out in the Capital Investment Plan to increase annual spending on flood risk management to €100 million per annum by 2021.” ENDS Note for Editors:

The River Fealge (Clonakilty) Drainage Scheme works are designed to protect the town of Clonakilty from fluvial (river) flooding and tidal flooding to the 1 in 100 year and 1 in 200 year standard respectively.

Formal Public Exhibition of the Scheme under the Arterial Drainage Acts 1945 and 1995 ran for the period from 15th December, 2014 to 20th January, 2015. Details on the Scheme are available from the following website: The scheme comprises fluvial storage upstream of the town and tidal defences. The main elements of the Scheme can be summarised as the construction of a storage area with embankment, construction of new tidal defence walls, construction of earthen tidal flood embankments, works to bridges, raising of roads and the construction of surface storm water pumping stations.

The procurement process for a civil works contractor is now underway and tenders are to be returned by 12.00 noon on 14th February 2017. The Scheme will be submitted to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform for formal Confirmation under the Arterial Drainage Acts in early 2017. Works are anticipated to start on site in summer 2017.

* CFRAM- Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Programme – see

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