Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group

The Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group was established by the Government to enhance on-going co-operation across all of the State Agencies involved with the River Shannon.

The Group is comprised of the following membership and comes under the chairmanship of the Office of Public Works.

Membership of the Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group:

Members of the Group are at CEO level or equivalent with the following State Agencies:

  • Office of Public Works
  • Local Authorities, represented by the City and County Management Association
  • Waterways Ireland
  • Electricity Supply Board
  • Inland Fisheries Ireland
  • Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs
  • Department of the Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government
  • Bord na Móna
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Irish Water

The Attorney General’s Office and other Government Departments may also participate, as requested by the Chairman.

The Terms of Reference of the Group are as follows:

Informed by the National Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Programme and in order to further effectively manage and mitigate the flood risk on the Shannon catchment, the Group will:

  • Develop and agree a Shannon Flood Risk Work Programme (with identified output KPIs) to focus and prioritise actions and activities to manage flood risk for the Shannon catchment.
  • Provide co-ordinated direction and guidance to ensure delivery by State agencies, to meet their statutory role, of their constituent work programme in relation to flood risk management.
  • Adopt and/or develop guidelines and protocols to inform and/or assist better co-ordination and co-operation by and between State Agencies.
  • Informed by an audit of roles and responsibilities in relation to flood risk management on the Shannon catchment, seek clarity on any legal and policy issues to inform its work.
  • Consult with other bodies, including voluntary bodies and communities.
  • Provide guidance in relation to roles and responsibilities for non-statutory bodies involved in managing flood risk on the Shannon catchment.
  • When agreed, monitor and report quarterly on the implementation of the Shannon Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management (CFRAM) Plan.
  • Develop other structures as an efficient approach to progressing and informing its work.

Shannon Flood Risk State Agency Co-ordination Working Group – Work Programme for 2016

The Group has met on six occasions to date (1 February 2016, 14 March 2016, 5 May 2016, 12 July 2016, 18 October 2016 and 2 December 2016) and has conducted an audit of the roles and responsibilities of State Agency organisations and has produced its Shannon Flood Risk Work Programme for 2016.

This Work Programme provides a focus and prioritises actions and activities for the Shannon catchment. The Work Programme will be kept under review and will be updated from time-to-time. The Group has also agreed a process for wider consultation, including with non-statutory bodies and is considering the development of appropriate guidance that will set out more clearly the rights and responsibilities of non-statutory bodies in relation to watercourses.

The Group has also held a series of open days on the Group’s Work Programme. The series commenced with an open day in Athlone Civic Centre on 5 May and further open days were held on Friday 3 June 2016, in Áras an Chontae, Leitrim County Council, Carrick on Shannon, Co. Leitrim and on Friday 10 June 2016 in City Hall, Merchant’s Quay, Limerick City and County Council, Limerick. A number of queries on the Group’s Work Programme and on the development of the draft Shannon Flood Risk Management Plans (FRMPs) were raised by members of the public and other persons attending at the Open Days.

The draft Shannon (FRMPs) will define the current and future flood risk in the areas of significant risk within the Shannon River Basin District and will set out feasible structural and non-structural measures that can address how this risk can be managed. Structural measures in this regard may include storage, flow diversion, flood defences increasing conveyance through cleaning and dredging of channels, etc. Non-structural measures may include public awareness, flood forecasting, individual property resistance and resilience measures, etc.

A summary of the main issues raised during the open days and directly to the member organisations can be accessed below.

Updated Shannon FAQs December 2016 (PDF)

Documentation relating to the meetings of the Group, including the Agenda, Minutes and other material, is being provided on this website. Further documentation and other information will be posted here from time-to-time.

All updates and documents from the Working Group are provided on the side bar of this page.

Papers from Working Group Meetings

Working Group Updates and Documents

Updated Shannon FAQs December 2016


Press Releases



Sixth meeting of the Working Group on 2 December, 2016 - Documentation

Fifth meeting of the Working Group on 18 October, 2016 - Documentation

Fourth meeting of the Working Group on 12 July, 2016 - Documentation

Third meeting of the Working Group on 5 May, 2016

Meeting with Representatives from IFA and Open Day on 2016 Work Programme

Second meeting of the Working Group on 14 March, 2016 - Documentation

First meeting of the Working Group on 1 February, 2016 - Documentation