State “incapable” of planning for flooding

first_imgTwitter Maurice Quinlivan appointed Chair of Enterprise, Trade and Employment Committee WhatsApp TAGSfloodingMaurice QuinlivenSinn Fein Facebook Advertisement Linkedin Photograph Liam Burke/Press 22A GENERAL election candidate has accused the State of being “incapable of strategic planning to protect families and businesses from this near-annual misery”.   James Gaffney, who is Green Party candidate for Limerick City says that climate change means that storms like Storm Frank will happen with greater frequency and intensity.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up “Floods cannot be avoided, but Ireland can certainly cope better”, he told the Limerick Post.  He added that for many years, maps showing where floods are likely to occur have been available to local authorities but added that these warnings “have often been ignored by the councils when they grant planning permission. Human construction, such as houses, industrial estates and shopping centres have all happened on the Shannon flood plain”.”It is unforgivable that climate change and flooding is not taken into account when planning our infrastructure and communities.“Afforestation can help – trees can mitigate water movements. Studies show that thanks to their roots, the soil under trees can absorb 67 times more water than soil under grass fields. We in the Green Party support the planting of forests bordering rivers and lakes to protect water quality and assist in managing flood risks.“Before longer term preventative measures are taken, we will continue to have to pour money into reactive measures, such as flood defences and barriers and clean-up operations. We will continue to need to provide emergency relief funds for residents”, he concluded. Email Previous article#WATCH Uber launch centre of excellence in LimerickNext articleSoccer – Grimes takes on Oscar Traynor role Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. center_img Sinn Fein plans for ‘all female’ election candidates are sexist and discriminatory, says male party member snubbed for election run Clonlara couple stuck in their marooned home Print Flood prevention measures continue across parts of Limerick NewsState “incapable” of planning for floodingBy Bernie English – January 11, 2016 785 Limerick Senator has beef with meat industry RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pension issue is hot election topiclast_img read more