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Minister of State with Responsibility for Flooding Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran stands in flood water in Athlone, Co. Westmeath, on Sunday. Photograph: Brian Lawless/PA Wire

The Defence Forces is on standby to provide more help in flooded areas as further heavy rain is forecast in the coming days. Commandant James O’Hara(...)

The Shannon near Athlone: the OPW and local authorities have completed 12 flood relief schemes protecting towns in the wider Shannon catchment, including Athlone. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

There are some 20 State agencies from the ESB to Waterways Ireland charged with protecting aspects of the Shannon river. In addition, a number of ot(...)