THE Office of Public Works has completely dismissed the option of a tidal barrage to prevent flooding in Cork as opposition grows to its existing plans.
The OPW has moved to dismantle arguments made by a new campaign group that Cork’s long-awaited flood defences will damage the city.
Following another day when Cork businesses were on edge during a 24-hour flood alert, the OPW issued an extensive response to the campaign, 'Save Cork City', which has called for a radical rethink of the flood plans.
The group plans to hold a “human chain” protest in the city tomorrow.
The OPW dismissed the suggestion that a tidal barrage, similar to that used in Cardiff, is a practical solution to Cork's flooding issues.
While a barrage could defend against flooding, a spokesperson for the office said it is 'not economically feasible' at a cost of 'at least €400 million.'
In total, the existing scheme will come in at €140 million, including construction costs, fees, land acquisition, compensation, site investigation and future maintenance.