Flood Risk Management
The Office of Public Works (OPW) is the lead State body for the coordination and implementation of Government policy on the management of flood risk in Ireland. The OPW is also the national authority for the implementation of the EU Directive on the Assessment and Management of Flood Risks [2007/60/EC].
FLOOD RISK POLICY And CO-ORDINATION
The OPW has responsibility for leading and co-ordinating the implementation of the National Flood Risk Policy approved in 2004 which involves the development of a planned programme of prioritised feasible works, with a greater emphasis for non-structural measures.
The OPW coordinates the sectoral activities of other Departments and Agencies through the Inter-Departmental Flood Policy Coordination Group and the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-Ordination Working Group.read more
CATCHMENT FLOOD RISK ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT (CFRAM)
The CFRAM Programme is the principal vehicle for implementing national policy on flood risk management and the EU Floods Directive.
It will provide a prioritised list of plans to inform Government future investment in areas of the country that are at significant risk of flooding. The Programme involves considerable consultation with the public, local representatives and other stakeholders.read more
MAJOR FLOOD DEFENCE SCHEMES
Since 1996, the OPW, in co-operation with the relevant Local Authorities, has constructed 42 major flood defence schemes throughout the country, protecting 9,500 properties. A further 8 new schemes are currently under construction with a further 26 schemes at design/development. All OPW completed schemes have performed well in protecting the towns and communities concerned.read more
MINOR WORKS AND COASTAL EROSION
The OPW Minor Flood Mitigation Works & Coastal Protection Scheme provides funding to Local Authorities to undertake minor flood mitigation works or studies, costing less than €0.75 million each, to address localised flooding and coastal protection problems within their administrative areas.read more
MAINTENANCE OF DRAINAGE WORKS AND SCHEMES, SECTION 50 CONSENT
The OPW is responsible for a total of 11,500km of river channel, including approximately 800km of embankments, which form part of the Arterial Drainages Schemes completed since 1945.
The OPW keeps these under proper repair and in an effective condition through an annual maintenance programme. Consent is required from OPW to construct, replace or alter a bridge or culvert.read more
A prepared and appropriate response from the relevant emergency response bodies (principally the Local Authorities, Gardaí and Health Services) can mitigate the potential negative impacts of major flood events.
The public can also reduce the impact of floods by being aware of the flood risks and potential impacts and being prepared to take action if and when a flood occurs.
News and Updates
Available in this section are:
- Press Releases
- Relevant links to other sites
Information on the Voluntary Homeowners Relocation Scheme 2017 is available hereread more
Maps and Data Resources
The OPW makes available a range of maps and hydrometric data resources to assist our Stakeholders and inform policy and planning. These include:
- Flood Hazards
- Defence and Drainage Schemes in place
- Real-time and archived water level data