The Government has agreed that Level 5 as set out in the Plan for Living with COVID-19 will apply nationally until April 5th 2021. The Government has clearly stated that there is an absolute need to minimise the level of mobility and congregation of people in order to reduce all opportunities for transmission of the virus.

Consequently, and in line with current public health guidance, the Offices of Offaly County Council are closed for walk-in services to support this reduced mobility policy.

Public access cannot be facilitated during LEVEL 5 restrictions. Therefore, Offaly County Council services will be available by telephone, email, online post and only where absolutely necessary and in exceptional circumstances by appointment. Please read latest information.

Flooding

Flooding

Many parts of Offaly are liable to flooding. Flooding can have serious consequences including damage to infrastructure, properties and even loss of life. The OPW have produced an information leaflet on flooding available on www.flooding.ie.  Find out if your property is in a flood risk area by checking on www.floodmaps.ie

The Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government issued  planning guidelines entitledThe Planning System & Flood Risk Management . Offaly County Council uses these guidelines to assess planning applications in areas of flood risk. Flood risk data has been collected by the OPW and is available at www.floodmaps.ie

Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Studies (CFRAM) 

Offaly County Council is affiliated to three CFRAMs; namely the Shannon, Eastern and South Eastern. 

There have been a number of public consultation days within the County in 2016 to seek public input and submissions on these draft maps. The Public Consultation Period & Submission by the Public will be complete by the end of 2016.

CFRAM

AFA

Public Consultation Period & Submission by the Public

Submissions by Local Authority

Shannon

(UOM 25/26)

Birr, Rahan, Shannon Harbour, Pollagh, Shannonbridge, Clara

15/07/2016 To 23/09/2016

17/10/2016

South Eastern

(UoM 14 Barrow)

Daingean

19/08/2016 To 28/10/2016

21/11/2016

Eastern

(UoM 7 Boyne)

Edenderry

23/09/2016 To 23/12/2016

23/12/2016

Following the public consultation process the draft Plans will be finalised taking on board the comments received and will be then sent to the Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform for approval. If approved they will then be sent to the Local Authorities who may adopt them. 

The Government is providing €430 million for flood risk management measures as part of the Government’s overall Capital Investment Plan 2016 — 2021. The enhanced investment programme will enable the OPW in collaboration with the relevant Local Authorities, to begin the process of preparation and planning for the structural works and schemes that are expected to be recommended under the CFRAM Plans.