The National Development Plan 2018-2027 commits to almost €1 billion in funding for flood relief schemes, with annual Capital funding for flood relief for the OPW doubling to €100m by 2021.
Responsibility for implementing the full suite of measures, both structural and non-structural, contained in the 29 Flood Risk Management Plans rests with a range of State Bodies.
Delivery of new relief measures proposed in the Plans will build on the significant investment in flood relief capital works that has already taken place since 1995 and will take place concurrently with delivery of flood relief schemes currently in design and construction. Schemes completed together with those already underway and those now proposed will deliver protection to approximately 8 out of 10 properties at risk in Ireland.
Non-structural measures can potentially benefit all properties at risk. This is particularly important in the 5% of homes identified as at risk within the 300 AFAs where it was determined that structural defences were not feasible. Non-structural measures can also benefit at risk properties in the 20% of areas that were not assessed in the CFRAM Programme.
As a whole of Government approach is necessary to support flood risk management, sector-led policy initiatives are being co-ordinated through the Interdepartmental Flood Policy Coordination Group.