Other nations can show Ireland the way on flood defence
We hope 2016 will see the Office of Public Works (OPW) swiftly implementing plans to stop or lessen the impact of river floods like those this winter, which caused hundreds to leave their homes and saw some areas that had never been flooded before being submerged.
Fermoy and Mallow have two flood defences each and one more for each town is under construction. Clonmel's flood defences worked well, but Bandon was flooded twice in December and is in urgent need of any defences, like Midleton and Glanmire. Cork city will have to wait some years more.
The OPW surveyed nearly all areas in the country at flood risk.