We need a co-ordinated response to flooding
In the battle battle against flood waters, 'red tape' and 'bureaucracy' have no place. So we understand the frustration and sincerity which underlie the comments by junior environment minister Paudie Coffey, when he calls for more freedom for landowners in response to flooding.
Mr Coffey has written to his officials, arguing that many landowners would mount their own flood defences themselves in efforts to protect their homes and property.
He further argues that the official rules are standing in the way of this approach.