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Friday 29 August 2014

Roddy joins chorus of anger over flood barrier

Mark O'Regan

Published 17/10/2011 | 05:00

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Roddy Doyle at a protest against a proposed wall to be built as part of a flood defence plan
Clontarf residents show the proposed barrier

Bestselling author Roddy Doyle is outraged that one of the best-loved views in his native city could soon be gone.

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Yesterday, he joined 5,000 residents and business owners from the north-Dublin suburb of Clontarf to oppose plans to build 9ft-high flood barriers along the promenade.

Angry residents claimed they were never consulted about the proposed walls, which would stretch for 3km from Alfie Byrne Road to the Bull Wall.

Dublin City Council secured planning permission for the €11m project in 2008, but residents say they were only made aware of the scale of the work last month. Construction is due to begin early next year.

"There are some of the greatest views in the world right where we're standing," Mr Doyle told the crowds. "The council's plans make no aesthetic sense, no cultural sense, no economic sense."

Deirdre Tobin, chairwoman of the Clontarf Residents Association, said: "We want a proper consultation process. We can have a flood defence system, but we also want to protect the promenade. We want to protect what we have not just for us, but also for others in years to come."

Senior officials from the city council are to meet with residents this Friday to discuss the issue further.

Irish Independent

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