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Clarification on Clontarf sea wall welcomed- Cllr Mac Donncha

5 November, 2015 - by Mícheál Mac Donncha

The Sinn Féin group of councillors in the Dublin North Central area of Dublin City Council has welcomed the clarification received from Council officials regarding the sea wall at Clontarf.

In a joint statement Cllrs Denise Mitchell, Mícheál Mac Donncha, Ciarán O'Moore and Larry O'Toole said:

"This morning we received a detailed briefing from Dublin City Council officials on the sea wall at Clontarf. We welcome the clarification of the many issues with the wall which have caused widespread public concern.

"We share the concern that the raising of the wall height obscures the view of Dublin Bay from the road, especially in front of St Anne's Park

"Increasing tidal and wave heights and global warming are set to greatly increase the risk of flooding. The planned height has in fact been reduced as now the coping is being taken into account in the height, which was not the case previously.

"We welcome the commitment of officials to bring forward proposals for a better finish to the concrete wall. We pressed for these to be brought forward as soon as possible and official agreed to present them next month.

"Officials also made clear that a glass wall is not a practical solution as it would not resist the type of wave action to which the glass wall in Waterford, which is in an estuary, is not subject.

"We also stressed the need for better communication with residents by the Council throughout the planning process. Communication was poor in this case and the public must now be fully informed at every stage of the ongoing work."

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