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Flood risk to 70,000 coastal homes and premises if climate change not tackled

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Climate crisis: Extreme weather events are a side effect of global warming. Photo: PA

Climate crisis: Extreme weather events are a side effect of global warming. Photo: PA

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Climate crisis: Extreme weather events are a side effect of global warming. Photo: PA

More than 70,000 Irish homes and premises are in danger of coastal flooding caused by climate change, data compiled for the insurance industry shows.

In a worst-case scenario, with sea-level rise exacerbated by high tide and an extreme weather event, some properties could be virtually swallowed up in six-metre high storm surges.

Dublin, Louth and Clare would suffer the greatest damage in terms of numbers of properties affected, but the impact would be felt throughout all 14 coastal counties.