Dublin city councillors last night (5th December) rejected the Dublin City Council's controversial Flood Defence plan for Clontarf promenade.
Labour, Fine Gael, Fianna Fail, Independents and Sinn Fein all voted to scrap the plan that brought thousands of Dubliners to protest on the streets of Clontarf.
Deirdre Tobin and Gus O'Hara, joint chairpersons of the Clontarf Residents Association and Clontarf Business Association, were delighted with the result following a hard fought three-month opposition campaign.
In a joint statement afterwards both Associations said "The decisive rejection of the plan vindicates the strong opposition from both associations to the plan. Common sense has prevailed and we thank the city councillors,in particular, the five local councillors in the area for their support tonight and throughout this three month campaign. Democracy has won the day and the plan’s rejection is a victory for the thousands of people throughout Dublin who stood up and said an emphatic ‘NO’ to the project".
“We look forward to working with the city manager and his team in a constructive, positive manner of engagement that will ensure a flood defence scheme that properly integrates the natural environment for everyone to enjoy."
“Thank you to each and every person who submitted their objections to the plan, to those who marched from Alfie Byrne road to Clontarf rugby club, to those that attended our initial protest meeting at the Wooden Bridge in early October. Thank you to all the volunteers and professional people who gave their valuable time free,” said the Associations in a joint statement.
City Manager, John Tierney said officals would now meet with the Residents and Business Associations to discuss a new plan.
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24th November 2011
The ISA support the objections of Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club, the other North Dublin clubs and the combined Dun Laoghaire clubs to the proposal. Dublin City Council did not allow for any public consultation of the plan which involves mounds or walls up to and above 7ft high and does not take into account the amenity value of the promenade and its surrounding waters.
On Monday the 5th of December Dublin City’s Councillors will vote on whether to proceed with the flood defence plan for Clontarf Promenade. Clontarf Yacht & Boat Club and their supporters urge you to write a letter of objection to the city manager and your councillors before Monday the 28th of November. Information on how to do this can be found online at http://www.clontarf.ie/flood-defence
Please see here
for more information on the Flood Defence Plan.