Post-flood politics dictated by parish pump imperatives

The moment that Bertie Ahern put on his wellies and stood in filthy flood water in Drumcondra in November 2002, the days of the Tolka river bursting its banks were numbered.

9th February, 2014

The moment that Bertie Ahern put on his wellies and stood in filthy flood water in Drumcondra in November 2002, the days of the Tolka river bursting its banks were numbered.

What was once a hugely problematic river is now perhaps the best example of an integrated flood management scheme on any waterway in Ireland, according to Ray Earle of the Eastern River Basin District Project.

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