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By Chamber Press Office, 09 January 2018
Dublin Chamber has criticised the decision by Dublin City Councillors to reduce the height of the flood defence sea wall in Clontarf.
The Chamber said the decision goes against the advice of engineers and will leave the Clontarf area exposed to flooding in years to come.
Dublin Chamber CEO Mary Rose Burke described the decision as ‘short-sighted' and 'wasteful'.
She said: "The decision by Councillors to lower the wall height is baffling on a number of levels. Reducing the height means that the wall will no longer meet national flood protection standards and defies good and responsible planning. This demonstrates a real lack of joined-up thinking at Local Authority level. The decision is a clear example of why a serious overhaul of the governance of the Dublin region is required.”
Ms Burke said that the decision threatens to undo the great work that has been done by Dublin City Council in recent years to protect Dublin from the increasing threat of flooding.
Ms Burke said: "We saw in 2011 how real the threat of flooding is to Dublin. Since then, Dublin City Council has responded well to ensure that Dublin is equipped to cope in the future, as global warming leads to rising tides. This decision serves as a kick in the teeth for other towns and cities in Ireland which are crying out for better flood defences. While they wait for flood defences of their own, it must be galling for them to see Dublin Councillors wasting taxpayers’ money by un-doing work that that has already been completed. This is a clear example of Councillors putting the interests of re-election ahead of the safety of the city and its people."