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Enda joins Battle of Clontarf flood war

TAOISEACH Enda Kenny has entered the so-called Battle of Clontarf over proposed flood wall defences.

He has expressed hope that an agreement will be reached in the row over the planned series of embankments and walls in Clontarf, north Dublin. Thousands of residents are opposed to the plans by Dublin City Council to erect 9ft tall defences which are being built between Alfie Byrne Road and the Bull Wall.

"It is visually appealing for people to be able to see the bay and the sea and to have a polder or levy of that scale would cause people to feel rightly aggrieved," Mr Kenny said yesterday.

He made the remark in response to Independent TD Finian McGrath, who would like the authorities to reconsider its proposal and come up with an alternative flooding plan.

Mr Kenny said: "The problem for those of us who have been elected to this House is that permission has been granted for a barrier of the scale in question. The question is, what can be done about it? As the deputy is aware, there are some other suspicions about the real nature of the reason for a mound of that scale in the first instance."

The debate came after 5,000 people took part in a protest march last weekend.

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