Sunday 19 November 2017

Council should take note of clear flood defences, says O'Riordain

Aodhan O'Riordain shows transparent flood barriers
Aodhan O'Riordain shows transparent flood barriers

A Labour minister has waded in on the flood barrier controversy in Clontarf as locals and the city council strive to find a solution.

Aodhan O'Riordain, a Dublin Bay North TD, has ordered Dublin City Council to "take note" of the transparent flood barriers along the quays in Waterford.

Mr O'Riordain posted a picture of the barriers on his social media account.

"Appropriate flood defences in Waterford. Take note, Dublin City Council," he wrote alongside the image.

Plans for a flood defence along the Clontarf waterfront have been more than four years in the planning. A working group has been established to find a suitable flood barrier to be installed along the promenade, which locals are adamant must not do anything to disrupt their sea views.

The group consists of members of the local business association, representatives from the residents' association and city council engineers.

It is expected that a possible solution to protect the area from flooding will be tabled before Christmas.

The promenade extends northwards from Alfie Byrne Road all the way to The Wooden Bridge onto Bull Island.


Previous proposals to install a 10ft-high anti-flood wall in the area, which were suggested by the council in 2011, were shot down by residents.

Businessman David Doran said that he did not think transparent flood barriers were a workable solution, due to Clontarf needing protection from salt water.

Mr Doran, who owns a dry cleaners that faces the waterfront, said that one proposal tabled by residents was to use the promenade as a flood plane.

"It should be used as a flood plane as was intended," Mr Doran told the Herald.

In this scenario the promenade would be allowed to flood during high tide but would only be out of use for a short time.

The promenade was a "very valuable amenity", Mr Doran pointed out. He added that locals would also prefer to have it designated as a linear park.

The bay was somewhat sheltered and taller versions of flood defence barriers were not needed, Mr Doran argued.

Controversy has also emerged further along the coast road with the building of a sea wall as part of the construction of the Sutton-Sandycove cycleway.

The new wall, opposite St Anne's Park, is up to 70cm higher than the original structure in places.

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