Extreme weather needs plan on a national scale
Every so often we are given a devastating reminder of the awesome force of nature and the fragility of existence. The "rain-bomb" that fell over Co Donegal and Northern Ireland was described as an exceptional event the like of which we encounter every 100 years.
But we know that extreme weather is no longer so extraordinary. Former US president Barack Obama said that there was one issue that would define the contours of this century more dramatically than any other, and that is the urgent threat of climate change.
Be it rising floods, driving winds, or torrential rain, the violent changing patterns of our weather cannot be ignored and must be confronted.