Limerick City & Environs Flood Relief Scheme

Limerick City has been a victim of severe flooding many times in the past. Previous flooding events in the Limerick city area have caused millions of euros worth of damage. Flooding in Limerick is caused by both fluvial (stream/river) and coastal sources. Fluvial flooding occurs when riverbanks overflow their banks and the existing drainage systems lack the capacity to deal with the stormwater overflow. Coastal flooding is also a contributing factor; strong winds coupled with high tides have had a major impact on flooding in the area.

Limerick City & County Council as the Lead Authority, in partnership with the Office of Public Works (OPW) are now advancing with the Limerick City & Environs Flood Relief Scheme. The OPW has recommended the development of a Flood Relief Scheme for Limerick City & Environs as a result of the work completed in the Shannon Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Study.

This Flood Relief Scheme is part of the €1bn National Fund announced by the Government for Flood Relief Schemes throughout the Country in May 2018.

Limerick City & County Council commissioned RPS in May 2021, to develop and implement a Flood Relief Scheme for Limerick City & Environs. The objective of the scheme is to alleviate the risk of flooding to the Community of Limerick City and environs by providing a scheme that is technically, socially, environmentally and economically acceptable.


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Flooding in Corbally (02/03/2020)

The development of the Public Realm is a major component of the Flood Relief Scheme. Where feasible, greenways and pedestrian/cycle routes will be developed in conjunction with the flood defence and where appropriate, nature-based solutions and green infrastructure will be incorporated into the scheme.

As part of the Scheme development the design team will explore opportunities for “Quick Wins” and the early advancement of flood defences within the Public Realm and the Annacotty & Corbally Areas.

Limerick’s World-class Waterfront as part of the Public Realm development has been approved for support from the Urban Regeneration and Development Fund (URDF)

This website has been set up to provide information to members of the public and to keep you informed of the project's progress.



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Environmental Surveys January/February 2023

RPS is currently designing geotechnical investigations to inform the Limerick Flood Relief Scheme (FRS) design of options. Ecologists on behalf of RPS will be undertaking an Environmental Walkover survey on public and private lands within Limerick City & Environs from the 31/01/2023 to the 03/02/2023. 

The survey comprises an visual inspection of the ecological habitats and species (invasive plant species, habitat, mammal, bird etc.) to assess their sensitivity to proposed geotechnical investigations. 

The survey will take place within the following areas:

  • Limerick City 
    • Corbally, 
    • Castletroy, 
    • Mount Shannon Road, 
    • Rosbrian Road,
    • Ryedale,
    • Old Dooradoyle Road, 
    • Drominagh,
  • Shannon Fields
    • Clare County
    • Cloncarhee,
    • Clonoughter

January 2023 Update: Ornithology Survey 

An Ornithology Survey of the Limerick Flood Relief Scheme Area is set to commence later this month (January 2023). 
MKO have been engaged to undertake the survey. 
Data from the Ornithology Survey will be used to inform an assessment of the environmental impact of the Scheme. 

Project Newsletter

The latest Newsletter is available here .

October 2022 Update: Ground Investigation, survey updates and more

Please click here to see the project updates for October 2022. 

May 2022 Update: Ground Investigation commencement, survey updates and more

Please click here to see the project updates for May 2022. 

January 2022 Update: 177AE Planning Application 

Limerick City and County Council has made an application for approval to An Bord Pleanála under section 177AE of the Planning and Development Act 2000. The work comprises of ground investigations at selected locations within Limerick City, its Environs and within County Clare. Please click the following link for more information on the Planning Application and for the full list of the locations to be investigated: 177AE Planning Application Public Notice

December 2021 Update : Surveys Ongoing

Murphy Geospatial have been appointed by Limerick City & County Council to undertake level surveys of the embankments, river channels, structures,and building floor levels in the scheme area - more.

Public Consultation Event #1: 2021

The opening public consulation event is now closed. The consultation material is still available for viewing please click here




Postal address:  Limerick City and Environs Flood Relief Scheme  Project Manager - RPS Consulting Engineers, Innishmore, Ballincollig, Co. Cork P31 KR68, Ireland,

Telephone: (021) 4665900



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