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Having viewed the scenes of devastation from the storms that have battered our country over this winter.
Our thoughts must go out to those who have suffered from these events and the despair they must feel. With regard to the Greater Cork area, is it not time to put in place a flood defence that will permanently alleviate the threat of being washed out for the future.
The only type of defence that will do this job is a Thames-style flood barrier placed at the mouth of Cork Harbour.
This would protect the whole harbour area from the threat presented by excessively high tides and storm surge and is a realistic option. The cost would be great, but the benefit it would provide in terms of greater security, for residents and businesses in the city and harbour communities would be returned through increased confidence from business owners and take up of properties previously seen as being inviable.
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