Large crowds expected to protest flood defences in Cork city

Large crowds are expected to turn out in Cork city today to protest against a major flood relief scheme.

The Save Cork City group says the €120m OPW project will destroy much of the historic Georgian quay walls and will impact hugely on business and tourism.

Campaigners are warning that the measures, which will take up to 10 years to complete, could also increase the flood risk in the city centre.

A 'human chain' will gather at 11am at Sullivan's Quay and 1pm in Fitzgerald's Park to highlight opposition to the scheme.

To see this post on Facebook, click here.

Local architect Polly Magee says the scheme will cause huge damage and disruption.

Ms Magee said: "The city is going to be pretty damaged in the process as well.

"We're going to lose layers of history, stone quay walls, historic fabric to end up with a kind of homogenised effect losing connectivity with the River Lee.

Before the flood defences.

"Even Fitzgerald's Park where people are familiar with picnicking by the Lee has a proposal for a big line of embankments. We won't even see the water."

After the flood defences.

More in this Section

Man due in court charged in connection with Dublin drugs raid

Tougher than ever to make false claim says Motor Insurers' Bureau of Ireland

More than 50,000 students receive CAO round one offers

Post-mortems due on bodies of man and woman who died in Donegal collision

More From The Irish Examiner