Save Cork City will 'reconsider its actions' but claims proposed OPW flood defences would not have prevented flooding 

Save Cork City will 'reconsider its actions' but claims proposed OPW flood defences would not have prevented flooding 

The group behind legal actions that have delayed the delivery of a flood defence project in Cork city said it will reconsider its actions in the coming days.

However, Save Cork City did not say it would withdraw its challenge to the flood defence scheme after Minister for the Office of Public Works, Patrick O’Donovan, called for such a withdrawal.

On Tuesday, there were claims that the flooding would not have occurred had the flood defences been in place.

Minister O'Donovan was in Cork on Tuesday to view the flooding. 

 Heavy flooding on Oliver Plunkett street, Cork city.
Heavy flooding on Oliver Plunkett street, Cork city.

He said the climate is changing faster than the process that the Government can deliver the scheme and he appealed to objectors to consider withdrawing their objection.

“Allow us in partnership to move forward with the people of Cork to delivering a good scheme for the people of Cork to protect them.

“People are angry, they are right to be angry, this scheme should be half-built and the remainder underway, so I am pleading with them to pull back and engage in a manner that allows this scheme to be delivered.

“It has been modified, it is a better scheme, it is more aesthetic, we recognise all that, the OPW is not perfect, we have taken an awful lot of the points on board.”

 Staff members from Keanes Jewellers pictured during heavy flooding on Oliver Plunkett street, Cork city.
Staff members from Keanes Jewellers pictured during heavy flooding on Oliver Plunkett street, Cork city.

However, in a statement, Save Cork City claimed the proposed scheme would not have prevented the flooding.

“We will reconsider all our actions in the next few days including any court action.

“The issue of flood defence is central to the future prosperity and well-being of the city of Cork.

“People sweeping out shops this morning sought solutions and don't want to be used as pawns to force the aims of OPW on the city,” they added.

“Proposals for Morrisons Island cannot prevent the flooding that occurred last night in the centre of Cork,” they said.

“Cork needs more than flood defence to help the city centre but it would be a very good start and is long overdue for people.” 

 Heavy flooding on Oliver Plunkett street, Cork city.
Heavy flooding on Oliver Plunkett street, Cork city.

The Campaign added that:

“People suffering on the ground deserve far better.

“We accept our role in the issue of flood defence and ask the OPW to own that they have failed to find a solution that is fair to the people of Cork.

“The one solution of flood defence walls and demountable barriers offered to Cork is out of step with current thinking and far more destructive to the city than other possibilities.”

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