Tuesday September 29, 2020

The politics of flooding: In deep water

The story of flooding in Ireland is one of long-standing problems and long-fingered solutions

Michael Brennan

Political Editor

13th December, 2015
A member of the Irish Air Corp surveys the damage wrecked by Storm Desmond in Athlone during the week Picture: Irish Defence Force

Coming soon to a flood-prone area near you - a new estate containing hundreds of houses.

At a time when severe flooding is still threatening homes and businesses along the River Shannon, it might surprise people that the lessons of the past appear to have been forgotten.

But construction is under way in the new Cois na Mara (Beside the Sea) estate, in Bettystown, Co Meath. The local area has suffered from repeated flooding over...

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