Thursday 22 August 2019

Work stalled on Clontarf wall 'until further notice'

Construction work on the Clontarf flood defence wall has been halted
Construction work on the Clontarf flood defence wall has been halted
Works at the St. Ann's Park end of The Clontarf road.
Laura Larkin

Laura Larkin

Work on the controversial sea wall in Clontarf has been stopped indefinitely by the council following a public backlash and allegations that the council has breached planning conditions.

The wall, which has been described by locals as a 'monstrosity' and a 'cheap and nasty option', is at its highest along a 460-metre stretch opposite St Anne's Park.

Dublin City Council's acting director of traffic, environment and transportation, Declan Wallace, confirmed that work will continue only on the water main and cycle track.

"No further work on the flood defence wall is planned until further notice," he said in an email.

Mr Wallace also said that he would be seeking clarification from the city's lawyers about a "perceived conflict" between An Bord Pleanala and the part eight planning consultation around when work can be carried out.

The planning authority attached conditions when it first granted permission for the works in 2011.

Included in these was instruction that "construction works shall cease during the months of October to February inclusive, minor works only shall be carried out during the shoulder months of September and March".


The conditions also included the need for an environmental committee to be established during the construction period.

Dublin city chief executive Owen Keegan admitted that this had not happened but said it was because Bird Watch Ireland and the National Parks and Wildlife Service were unable to provide staff to sit on the committee.

The committee should now be established due to the strength of the concern locally, he told a special council meeting on Wednesday night.

Mr Wallace said that he will "further progress the issue" in his update to councillors.


On Wednesday night, a motion was also agreed by councillors which called on the council to "commit to fully implementing all the planning conditions set by the planning authorities, including An Bord Pleanala" in respect of the works.

The council did not respond when asked if the wall would be taken down or what would happen if the conditions were found to have been breached.

Donna Cooney, from the Save our Seafront Campaign in Clontarf, said that work being halted was a "small victory" but added that the group "won't be going away".

"We are pleased that work has halted but it is only stage one," she told the Herald.

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