How has the scheme been funded? The scheme is being funded by the OPW. As part of the Government’s National Development Plan 2018-2027, almost €1 billion has been committed to the investment into flood relief measures across the country.

What is the purpose of the scheme? The scheme will improve the standard of flood protection for Lifford to protect against the 1% Annual Exceedance Probability (1 in 100 year) fluvial (river) flood event.

How long will the flood relief scheme take to implement? It is scheduled to be completed in 2026, if you would like a full breakdown of the timescale please go to the ‘Timeframe‘ section of the website.

Will the scheme be sympathetically incorporated within the Public Realm? – Incorporation into public Realm is being considered during all phases of the project. Where possible, grass embankments will be incorporated in public realm, instead of hard defences.

How will the flood relief scheme be incorporated with the new Lifford WWTW and Riverine Project? The Lifford Project steering group have been liaising with the Riverine Project team providing up to date information on each parties proposed works, in order to identify any potential risks or opportunities that both parties could mutually benefit from.       

Will the scheme increase the risk of flooding in other places? No, this will be a key consideration in our design. We will consider the impacts on Lifford as a whole, rather than focusing on the places that have flooded, to ensure that any works completed as part of this a scheme do not increase the flood risk to surrounding lands.

Am I at risk of flooding? You can look at the flood maps on the OPW’s CFRAM website to see the flood extents for Lifford and other towns within the CFRAM study area

How will this affect the local environment? Environmental considerations are a high priority for the development of the Lifford FRS and environmental consultants (Ryan Hanley) are key members of the project steering group. If you would like to view out full Environmental Study please click here.

How can I find out more about the study?  We will be keeping this website updated with the latest news and details of forthcoming public consultation events.  You can also use the ‘Contact us’ page to ask a question or provide feedback, or register to be emailed with project updates.

Who can help? The OPW provides advice for people whose properties and businesses are at risk of flooding. For more information, and to help you prepare, click here (link to