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Bantry Flood Relief Scheme

Bantry has historically been severely and repeatedly impacted by major flood events. The OPW South Western CFRAM Study concluded that a flood relief scheme would be viable and effective for the Bantry community. Flood Relief Schemes are by their nature very complex projects, which require extensive analysis and consideration prior to an appropriate scheme being identified. In Bantry there are a number of complex factors to consider including tidal, fluvial (river) and pluvial (rainfall) flood mechanisms, environmental factors, heritage elements  and consideration of existing infrastructure.

Minister Patrick O’Donovan attended a contract signing event in Bantry on 03/02/22, at which the Joint Venture, JB Barry and Partners Ltd and JBA Consulting Engineers and Scientists Ltd, was appointed as Consultant for the Bantry Flood Relief Scheme. Representatives from the OPW, Cork County Council, JB Barry and Partners and JBA Consulting Engineers and Scientists were also in attendance.

Stage 1 of the Bantry Flood Relief Scheme involves a detailed study of flooding mechanisms in Bantry and its environs. The initial stage of the scheme includes extensive data collection, site investigation, hydraulic and hydrological assessment, and public consultation, to identify a preferred option.

Members of the public, local businesses and other interested parties were invited to attend the initial Public Participation Day at Áras Beanntraí, Wolfe Tone Square, Bantry, in May 2022. On the day and in the weeks after, participants shared their experience of flooding in Bantry, submitted comments and made their views known to the project team.

Options for flood mitigation are currently being developed and assessed to identify the most appropriate solution.  As part of this process, a second Public Participation Day was held on the 30th May 2024, between 4pm and 8pm at the Maritime Hotel, where potential flood mitigation options were presented to the public for comment. For further details of documents displayed during the Public Participation Day please see the Public and Stakeholder Engagement section of this website.


Latest News

04/06/2024 - Emerging Options Public Participation Day documents can be viewed here


30/05/2024 - The latest FRS Newsletter is available here


17/05/2024 - Emerging Options Public Participation Day  Read More


13/10/2023 - Topographical Survey Works update Read More


08/09/2023 - Structural Survey Works update Read More


03/07/2023 - The latest FRS Newsletter is available here


16/05/2023 - Survey Works update Read More


30/01/2023 - Commencement of Site Investigation Works. Read More


12/01/2023 - Completion of Topographical Survey Works. Read More


14/06/2022 - Opening Public Participation Day. Read More


07/03/2022 - Appointment of Consultants. Read More