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Local celebs join Clontarf residents to protest against flood plans

Residents and business associations are encouraging people to make submissions to Dublin City Council in relation to the proposed flood defence scheme.

LOCAL PERSONALITIES WILL join Clontarf’s residents and business owners today for another protest against Dublin City Council’s flood defence plans.

Comedian PJ Gallagher, actor Niall Tóibín and International rugby star Cian Healy will join locals in a protest walk from the promenade to the rugby club from 4pm today.

Dubbed Submission Sunday, the residents and business associations are encouraging people to make submissions to the council in relation to the proposed scheme.

Currently, construction is due to begin on the project next year but locals have absolutely rejected the proposals which would see a wall built along the 3km promenade.

The wall was originally designed to be 9ft high in places but the council conceded to some amendments. However, these were also rejected by the residents as they only allowed for a one or two foot drop.

The associations have accused the council of “ignoring the expressed wishes of thousands of people” in Dublin.

Thousands of people have turned out for previous events demonstrating against the plans. Those living and working in the area have cited tourism and security as their main reasons for objecting to the project.

The council has previously argued that a full consultation process was undertaken ahead of the plans being finalised.

DJ Ray Shah, Miss Ireland Holly Carpenter and  founder of the To Russia With Love charity Debbie Deegan will also attend today’s event. Tomorrow is the council’s deadline for accepting objections to the proposals.

This Dublin City Council video shows an artist’s rendering of what the area will look like once the wall is built:

More: Clontarf residents protest over flood wall plans>

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