Síle de Valera was the first to acknowledge the relationship between planning permission and floodplains in the Dáil. A trip into the archives reveals deep reservations by the Clare TD in 1996 regarding a proposed development on Watery Road in Ennis.
It is not rocket science to assume there was probably a good reason the street was called Watery Road.
The then minister of state at the Department of Finance Hugh Coveney...
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