Monday 5 December 2016

Litany of neglect and failure over flooding

Published 06/04/2016 | 02:30

'When the floods struck last winter, we saw the best of rural Ireland and the worst of official Ireland.' Photo: Lorraine Teevan
'When the floods struck last winter, we saw the best of rural Ireland and the worst of official Ireland.' Photo: Lorraine Teevan

When the floods struck last winter, we saw the best of rural Ireland and the worst of official Ireland. Communities stayed awake night after night and supported each other, displaying all that is unique in the country.

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At official level, there were big promises and pledges. But commitments cannot be met in fragments, as has been seen in the years of neglect and failure by government after government to put flood defences in place; or to provide vital infrastructural investment.

No wonder towns and villages all across the country feel they have been betrayed.

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