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Is a peace deal on the table in battle for Clontarf?

A SURPRISE meeting could be the beginning of a compromise between Dublin City Council and local representatives over the so-called Battle of Clontarf.

Assistant city manager Seamus Lyons called a snap meeting this morning where it was expected officers would try to persuade councillors to accept amended plans.

Up to 5,000 residents turned out on Sunday to voice their strong opposition to council plans to build 9ft tall flood defences along Clontarf's idyllic seafront.



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Council sources have revealed that there is an "urgency" among managers to strike a compromise which may involve proposals to build lower structures.

"The city manager is going to produce a number of montages and attempt to strike some form of solution.

"We're not looking at a situation where he will say 'case closed'. This is why the meeting was called," a source explained.

However, the Clontarf Business Association today produced a number of drawings that it commissioned, which it claims show the "dreadful effect" the proposals will have.

The drawings -- revealed today in the Herald -- show an architect's perspective of the affect the proposed mound would have on the area.

"An organisation which includes dry cleaners, restaurants and small businesses can ensure proper drawings are carried out within 72 hours, why could Dublin City Council not do that? They have been working on this since 2005," said the organisation's chairman Gus O'Hara.

Independent councillor Damian O'Farrell -- who organised Sunday's demonstration -- told the Herald that the council "must go back to the drawing board".

"Nothing less than a total revisit of the flood defence plans will suffice.

"The public must be consulted, and a new plan must be put forward that will protect the area against flooding and protect the very valuable amenity that is Clontarf promenade."

The controversial scheme has been designed to prevent flooding to seaside homes and businesses as well as to carry a new arterial water main.

Although the plans have already passed all planning stages, under the local government act, councillors can force the city manager to revisit the decision.

A city council spokesperson refused to comment on today's meeting when contacted by the Herald.

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