Doubts raised about glass barrier plan for Galway to prevent flooding

A glass flood barrier of the type which had been proposed for Galway.

Galway City Tribune – Doubts have been raised about building an aesthetically-pleasing glass wall to shore up the city’s flood defences due to cost in an update about the proposed scheme.

And any hopes of putting in a quick solution to avert the disaster experienced by homes and businesses during Storm Eleanor last January were also dashed when it was predicted that it would be two years “before you see something on the ground”.

Last February Minister of State at the Office of Public Works (OPW) Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran announced a €9 million flood defence fund for the city and later included it in the priority projects to first get the go-ahead in the flood relief schemes earmarked under the National Development Plan.

Following a presentation to Galway City Council this week on the Catchment Flood Risk Assessment and Management Programme (CFRAM), councillors expressed concern about building a flood defence wall on Long Walk, which is privately owned, and the type of defence wall which would be built.

Cllr Donal Lyons (Ind) recalled a trip some of them took to Germany where they saw demountable walls which could be erected when there was a prediction of flooding.

Cllr Frank Fahey (FG) said the solution used in Waterford of toughened glass walls on the waterside would best suit Galway.

Senior Executive Engineer in the Transport and Infrastructure Unit, Carmel Kilcoyne, said a huge amount of consultation had to be done before the final design would be drawn up.

She said the cost of a glass wall along the entire stretch of the bay where the flooding risk was high would be prohibitive. She suggested there could be a glass wall in parts.
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