Thursday 29 September 2016

'I will chain myself to gate of the Dáil'

Published 08/01/2016 | 02:30

Gerardine Quinlivan of Springfield Clonlara Co.Clare. Picture Credit: Brian Gavin
Gerardine Quinlivan of Springfield Clonlara Co.Clare. Picture Credit: Brian Gavin

A mother whose home has been repeatedly flooded has threatened to chain herself to the gate of Leinster House in her campaign to secure flood protection for her family.

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Geraldine Quinlivan from Springfield, Clonlara, Co Clare, confronted Defence Minister Simon Coveney, who visited the flooded region earlier this week.

Yesterday, Ms Quinlivan met Sinn Féin president Gerry Adams, as he visited the swamped community, where 17 homes are under threat from floodwaters.

"If I have to chain myself to the gates of Leinster House to get this sorted out, we have to sort it out because we can't go through this again," she said.

"There are 17 families down here directly affected by this and this is going on since 1995 ... so something has to change.

"The conditions we have lived in for the past month are almost inhuman."

The mother of four said Springfield would be spared repeated widespread flooding if the River Shannon was dredged.

"I'm beating this drum for the last 10 years," she said.

Mr Adams said authorities managing the River Shannon "needed to listen to local knowledge" before implementing flood protection plans.

He said relocating flooded families should be "a last option".

Irish Independent

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