Independent expert to examine Clontarf sea wall

Council seeking expert opinion on plans for flood defence wall in light of public concern

The sea wall  under construction opposite Bull Island nature sanctuary on the Clontarf Road, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

The sea wall under construction opposite Bull Island nature sanctuary on the Clontarf Road, Dublin. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

 

Dublin City Council has said it will seek independent expert opinion on plans to build a flood defence wall at Clontarf, north Dublin, in light of public concern.

The council said yesterday the expert would examine “the technical information that informed our decision to erect the flood defence wall”, given concerns about the rationale supporting its height.

He or she will also examine “if the approved height is a proportionate and correct response” to that information, it said.

Local residents had objected to the height, which they said was considerably greater than they had expected.

They also raised concerns about the appearance of the new poured-concrete wall currently under construction in sections along the coast.