Flooding in Ireland can have a significant impact on homes, businesses, people and communities. The flooding problem cannot be eliminated but can be managed or mitigated to reduce its likelihood, severity or impact.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) is leading a proactive and whole of Government approach to managing flood risk that takes the potential impacts of climate change into account, across three strategic areas:
Prevention - avoiding construction in flood-prone areas
Protection - taking feasible measures to protect areas against flooding
Preparedness - planning and responding to reduce the impacts of flood events
The OPW is also the national authority for the implementation of the EU Floods Directive.
Find out more about how the OPW is leading a proactive and whole of Government approach to managing flood risk.
Managing Flood Risk in Ireland
Read a summary of how the OPW is leading a proactive and whole of Government approach to managing flood risk