Failure, contempt and gombeenism
At first consideration, events at the climate change summit in Paris last week and, at home, such detrimental flooding along the Shannon and also, the disturbing behaviour of gombeen politicians, may seem tangentially related, but these dominant themes of the week are more deeply entwined than has been shown consideration to date.
The Shannon has flooded before and will flood again, but rarely have the consequences been so serious for the people who live along or close to Ireland's greatest river. Actions must follow to alleviate the worst of the damage to the lives and livelihoods of those affected, but it will be a mammoth, if not impossible, task to fully protect many into the future.
Whatever can be reasonably done should be done to minimise the risk; however, few believe this will be the last time in our lifetimes that we will witness such havoc, wrought on such a scale to the harm of so many in the flow of the river.