Coastal erosion plan must be in Programme for Government

by Gazette Reporter

FIANNA Fail Cllr Adrian Henchy has called on the incoming government to establish a national strategy to urgently address coastal erosion.

The Portrane-Donabate Cllr said a high level working group was needed to develop national policies and establish responsibility for erosion and coastal flooding.

He said: “While I am very much aware of the effects climate change has had on the coastal villages of Portrane and Donabate the reality is climate change is a real and present challenge that must be tackled by National and European Policies.

“Now with every storm and or high tide the village of Portrane residents and businesses can only watch as they grow closer to the sea by the day. Naturally this is causing serious anxiety and distress.

“While, the Seabees are a welcome interim emergency solution, they are not the long term answer.

“The incoming government must immediately apply a sense of urgency to this issue. Time will not wait for residents of Portrane and many other coastal communities.

“There has been enough studies, reports, consultants and experts at this stage.”

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