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Clontarf flood defence plans back on agenda

Dublin City Council is commissioning an assessment of the plans for new flood defences for Clontarf.

A joint working group (JWG), involving Dublin City Council, local residents and businesses, recommended a dual flood defence system for the promenade, earlier this year.

Fine Gael councillor Naoise O'Muiri told The Herald that councillors were previously briefed on the plans, and he is expecting another update from the council.

However, he said: "From my perspective, it is important that we broaden it out to involve as many people as possible now, and to get the information out into the open.

Consultation

"There has been a lot of consultation but it hasn't all been public," he pointed out.

In relation to the principle of a dual wall strategy, he said: "I think generally people would be supportive of it."

"But I still think we need to broaden it out a bit. There isn't a whole lot of information around at the moment as to the detail of the proposal, and it is important that people are involved in it, and they buy in to it," the councillor said.

Mr O'Muiri said that many people don't know the details of what is planned.

"There has been work done by the joint working group and that is welcome.

"But I think the population generally needs to be brought up to speed now, as to where things are at, and a bit of detail," he said.

The councillor would like to see people informed of the various stages of the process regularly. "I would be expecting to see a report on it early in the autumn." he said.

Mr O'Muiri said that if there is nothing forthcoming by way of an update, he will certainly be raising it at a forthcoming meeting.

Jobs Minister Richard Bruton said in a local newsletter: "Following meetings between residents and businesses in Clontarf, the city council is commissioning an assessment of an alternative flood defence, involving two walls, the existing sea wall and a second wall just inside the footpath on the Clontarf Road.

He said: "The idea would involve continuing the existing sea wall for about 300m up to the Alfie Byrne Road at 1.1m height."

Providing flood gates in the second wall and closing car parks during flood warnings are also part of the proposals, the newsletter said.

Dublin City Council did not provide any comment when contacted.

oUTRAGE

The original Clontarf flood defence scheme was scrapped when Dubliners expressed outrage at plans to install 9ft-high barriers along the promenade.

However, the new proposals aim to leave the walkway largely untouched.

The new flood defences would be more aesthetically pleasing.

Temporary sandbags for part of Clontarf cost up to €20,000 in January, a council meeting heard.

To sandbag the whole area in the past cost €120,000.

fdillon@herald.ie


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