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Clontarf residents to protest over flood wall today

A public meeting and demonstration against controversial flood defence plans are taking place at the Wooden Bridge at Clontarf Promenade later today.

Temporary flood defence measures at Clontarf sea-front in 2010.
Temporary flood defence measures at Clontarf sea-front in 2010.
Image: Photocall Ireland

RESIDENTS OF CLONTARF are calling on members of the public to join a protest today against controversial plans to build an eight-foot-high flood defence wall along the promenade.

The public meeting will take place at the Wooden Bridge from 3pm today and people have been encouraged to bring large pieces of blank card so a wall can be replicated for photographers.

The residents and business associations who have joined together against the plans say they are aware that a flood defence plan is needed but they want to suggest alternatives to that proposed by Dublin City Council.

“We support our neighbours who have suffered from, or are vulnerable to, flooding. But a flood defence structure that destroys the promenade and our bay view is not good enough, and you were not given an opportunity to suggest better; there are many other flood defence solutions,” they said in their latest news bulletin.

City manager John Tierney has given a three-week stay on the signing of any contracts which would allow for construction of the wall along the 3km Clontarf Promenade to begin next year.

Residents Association chairperson Deirdre Tobin said, “This is not just an issue for Clontarf. What is being planned here will destroy one of the few remaining natural amenities in the greater Dublin area and it must be stopped.

“The City Council did not consult with us on this plan, which is fundamentally flawed,” she added.

Follow the Clontarf Residents’ Association on Twitter @clontarfRA #Clontarf #ProtestOnTheProm

Read: Clontarf residents object to “insane” flood defence plans>

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