Wednesday 21 March 2018

Flood relief zones count blessings

AS angry flood-victims call on the Government to invest in flood defences, locals in towns where successful relief programmes have been developed are counting their blessings.

Since 1995, the OPW has forked out around €370m in flood risk management. A number of schemes were developed in "flood black-spots" or areas that flooded on a near-annual basis, like Clonmel in Co Tipperary where flooding from the River Suir laid bare the town's inadequate defences in 1995, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2008 and twice in 2009.

A €40m scheme began in 2007 and saw some 3.8km of flood walls erected in addition to 3.5km of embankments and 850m of demountable defences. Since completion in 2012, the town has not experienced any major flooding.


THEIR new single has just stormed the charts but U2 were concerned about a storm of a different kind last night.

As high tides mixed with heavy rain and high winds caused havoc throughout the country, winds lifted the roof off the band's famous recording studio on Grand Canal quay. Gardai and the fire brigade attended the scene at around 6pm. Developer Harry Crosbie, who lives beside the studio, told the Irish Independent: "Because the band are away at the moment, I acted on their behalf to make sure everything was okay, as it makes up the second part of my house."


RTE staff escaped injury when part of a glass roof over a Montrose cafe fell in. The incident was said to have left people nearby "shaken" but the station said no one was injured.

It occurred over the Oasis coffee dock at Stage 7, RTE's main TV building.

"One of the glazed roof sections of the atrium in one of the RTE buildings did break this morning," the station said in a statement.

"The type of glass used in this part of the building has an in-built safety feature which determines that it shatters before impact, thereby minimising any risk of damage or injury.

"We can confirm that there were no other

damages or injury arising from this," she added.

An investigation is under way into why the glass broke.

The broken panel is already believed to have been replaced.

Irish Independent

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