Speaking following a meeting with Patrick O’Donovan TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Office of Public Works, where flood defence was discussed, Chamber President Paula Cogan said,
"We are pleased that Minister O Donovan continues to offer the strongest of Governmental support to the Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme."
“The flood relief scheme for the City will see over 3 km of our historic masonry quay wall cleaned, repointed and restored, along with new plazas, river access, riverfront walkways and civic amenities. It has been extensively consulted on, revised and enhanced in line with feedback and will allow the city to once again celebrate its beautiful waterfront. Investment in our river as an amenity and the necessary flood relief structures is long overdue and it is essential that visible progress is made before the inevitable happens again.”
In closing Paula said,
“It is however, deeply regrettable that the first phase of the Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme at Morrison’s Island has been challenged to the High Court despite extensive consultation, a favourable vote of Councillors in City Hall and Bord Pleanála approval. This single element of the Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme is set to protect properties in the area from 70%-80% of tidal flooding providing business and community resilience in the face of increasingly occurring extreme weather events.
City Centre businesses are in a fragile environment and the effects of a flood would prove catastrophic for many. There is also the lost opportunity of the creation of a new south facing riverfront amenity on stretch of the Lee that has been neglected for far too long and that is much needed to excite City Centre confidence and investment at this time.”