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Parliamentary questions
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26 January 2018
Question for written answer E-000438-18
to the Commission
Rule 130
Liadh Ní Riada (GUE/NGL)

 Subject:  Cork flood relief project
 Answer in writing 

National flood relief projects in Ireland are producing one solution throughout the state based on river containment with flood walls and barriers. The extensive flood wall solution which is being pursued in Cork is one example. There are concerns locally that the project is progressing without consideration of all the options possible and without adequate consideration of the impact of works on the environment and on the local economy of the city.

Is the Commission concerned that Ireland is not following best practice in relation to flood relief works as set out in the Floods Directive, which promotes public participation and best practice and which, by definition, should result in different approaches to flood relief throughout the country?

Has the Commission had any contact with Ireland in relation to the one-solution-fits-all approach to flood relief, in particular relating to the economic and environmental impact of the solutions being implemented?

Given that Unesco and the World Bank support the conservation of historic places as vital for economic advantage and significance, what steps would the Commission recommend to Ireland relating to compliance with the Granada Convention and the protection of heritage in flood relief works in historic urban areas?

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