Saturday 10 December 2016

Recent storms highlight flood of State inaction

Published 12/12/2015 | 02:30

'Questions such as why the Shannon is not regularly dredged, or why so many different players are involved, need to be addressed'
'Questions such as why the Shannon is not regularly dredged, or why so many different players are involved, need to be addressed'

Already the small local acts of care and kindness since the floods hit the countryside have outstripped the mighty intentions of State and government.

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With so much land west of the Shannon and the midlands water-logged, nationally, we are seeing the harsh consequences of serial failures. The passage of time from as far back as Hurricane Charlie in the 1980s has merely served to strengthen the rural-urban divide. After the chaos left in the wake of "Charlie", in Dublin at least, immediate action was taken to strengthen the Dodder and Dargle river banks. Similarly, Fermoy and Clonmel - once flood blackspots - have been protected since defences were put in place.

The devastation farming families and businesses are feeling around the country follows years of neglect by various governments that avoided introducing comprehensive winter action plans.

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