1 billion euro for flood defence programme in Ireland
Funding will help tackle flooding issues of 50 Irish cities
- May 21, 2018 16:00
- Monika Dimitrova
Dundalk, Blackrock, Carlingford are among the 50 Irish cities, towns and villages which will get flood protection as part of the first phase of a €1bn defence programme. The schemes will cost at least €15million for each city. The funding announcement follows the completion of a six year study carried out by the Office of Public Works' Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management programme. Public consultation meetings were held throughout the country.
That study identified 1,737 houses at risk of flooding in Dundalk and surrounding areas and a further 296 homes along the north Louth coast at Carlingford and Greenore. The next phase will be the detailed design of the projects, which will again involve public consultation. The defence plans are based on current sea levels and don't take into account the threat from rising seas due to climate change.
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