Minister Patrick O’Donovan officially launches Whitechurch Stream Flood Alleviation Scheme

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Mayor of SDCC, Cllr. Emma Murphy and Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan, T.D. recently launched the start of construction of the Whitechurch Stream Flood Alleviation Scheme. The scheme is the combined initiative of the Office of Public Works (OPW and South Dublin County Council. The Whitechurch Stream Flood Alleviation Scheme is designed to provide protect 52 properties against a significant flood event. Due to residential homes and businesses being adversely affected by flooding over some years, this important Scheme is a welcome development for those families, businesses and wider community.  

Speaking about the Government’s €4m investment in the Scheme’s construction, Minister O’Donovan said “This Scheme will make a real difference to some fifty families and businesses that live with the risk and impact from flooding in this community by protecting them against significant flooding, along St. Enda’s Park and Whitechurch Road. I want to thank the local community for its constructive and valuable engagement to the scheme’s design and its patience during the design and planning process. I am delighted to announce that the OPW’s own staff will construct this scheme that I expect it to be substantially complete by the end of 2025.

On the day, Cllr. Murphy, Mayor of South Dublin County Council said I am delighted to be here to represent South Dublin County Council and the local residents for this, the launch of the Whitechurch Stream Flood Alleviation Scheme. Flooding has also been identified as a key climate change risk to the Dublin region, so this scheme also highlights SDCC’s and the OPW’s commitment to the flood resilience theme contained in the current Dublin Climate Change Action Plan and also shows SDCC’s and the OPW’s endeavour in trying to alleviate this risk.”

Whitechurch is one of 150 flood relief schemes being supported by the Government’s €1.3 billion investment in flood relief under the National Development Plan to 2030. This investment as well as protecting against the current flood risk will also provide protection from the additional impact from Climate Change. Please visit for more information.

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