Clontarf flood plans
Published 16/10/2011 | 05:00
Sir -- I wish to express my intense dissatisfaction at the progress of the proposed flood protection works to be constructed along the Clontarf promenade. This is not just an issue for Clontarf: it's an issue that affects everyone in Dublin and indeed anyone in this country and tourist alike who has the right and privilege to come to enjoy the promenade at Clontarf as it is.
Flooding in this country is mainly caused by heavy rainfall combined with unacceptable drainage solutions. This is a long-standing issue and is the main point for concern -- not high sea levels or strong tidal winds. Building granite walls and high mounds along the Clontarf promenade will not be an effective solution to diverting and restricting gathered rainfall. I strongly predict that they will trap rainfall in-land.
This will be a costly and ugly exercise, visually, politically, socially, and I have no choice but to reject it with all the vehemence that my spirit can engender, and I will be encouraging others to do likewise.