The Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works has said a fund will be in place by March to enable homeowners to leave properties at continual risk of flooding.

Seán Canney says the Government intends to spend €100 million per year on flood relief measures in the coming years.

He said €2m had been set aside to fund a relocation programme this year, for those who had been subject to repeat flooding.

Mr Canney said this will be a targeted scheme, aimed at homeowners who express an interest in abandoning properties due to an ongoing flood risk.

He was speaking at a meeting in Clonlara, Co Clare, where he heard the concerns of locals regarding flooding issues.

Many homes in the area were flooded last winter, with several families forced to leave properties.

At this afternoon's meeting frustration was expressed at the manner in which the ESB was managing water levels on the Shannon.

A number of others raised concerns about the lack of a coordinated approach to reduce the threat of flooding by different State agencies such as the National Parks and Wildlife service, the OPW and local authorities.

Mr Canney said his officials had engaged fully with ESB regarding water levels on Lough Allen and Lough Ree but that the OPW would not sign off on any relief works before being certain there would be no knock on impact on communities or farmland further south on the path of the Shannon.

Farmers around Clonlara and Springfield contend that the problems on the Shannon need to be first tacked on the southern portion of the river, before works are carried out elsewhere.

The meeting has heard that between 140 and 150 projects will be carried out nationally at the completion of the CFRAM process. This is expected to be concluded in a number of weeks.

Speaking on RTÉ's Drivetime, Mr Canney said homeowners who have had their property flooded have not been forgotten. He said the OPW are working on solutions, while also working with Insurance Ireland.