Elaine Byrne: The (flood) plain truth about planning

Elaine Byrne: The (flood) plain truth about planning
The after effects of Storm Frank in Athlone Picture: rollingnews

There was probably a good reason the street was called Watery Road

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 promised a...

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