Ireland is ill-prepared for coastal flooding and rising sea levels but a draft plan has been with Government for a year

Two million of us live within 5km of the coast and 40,000 within just 100m

Some of the Sea Bees put in place as breakers to help reduce the force of the wave along eroded land at the rear of the home of Sharon Shevilni at Portrane Beach. Photo by Steve Humphreys

Caroline O'Doherty

SCHOOLS, hospitals, water supplies, garda and fire stations are among 500 public buildings identified as currently under threat from sea flooding in coastal counties.