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Barry Walker at the Ferry Inn at Portumna: “We have even learned what type of sandbag works and what doesn’t, based on the 2009 experience.” Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

Timmy Walsh and his lakeside neighbours in the south Galway community of Portumna don’t need to check radio or social media to know how the ESB is man(...)

 Michael McDonnell places sandbags as waters rise on the Shannon. Photograph: Molloy Photography

“The Shannon floods by stealth. It can be a week before the bulk of the rainfall comes down this far,” says Michael “Viking Mike” McDonnell, who runs (...)

On the Liffey quays in Dublin: “These events are still unlikely but we’re making them more likely,” said Prof Thorne. Photograph: Alan Betson / The Irish Times

Ireland’s recent heavy rainfall is “a taster” of the changes that will be brought by climate change, according to a top academic, who blamed rising te(...)

Belongings drying out beside a flooded home. Fianna Fáil leader Micheál Martin said he got a sense people living in the areas affected by flooding wanted to know when action would be taken on the problem. File photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Assessments on how the €5 million in aid for flood victims should be allocated will take place in coming days, Taoiseach Enda Kenny has said. He told(...)

 Galway County Council workers placing sand bags to prevent flooding at the Bridge Road in Portumna. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

The River Shannon catchment area could experience its worst flooding in 20 years over the coming days as water levels continue to rise from the impact(...)

Rescue teams evacuate people from their homes after Storm Desmond caused flooding in Carlisle, England. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

The Cabinet is to announce plans to establish a new flood warning system. The Minister for the Office of Public Works Simon Harris is to discuss a nu(...)

Tom Quinn with his flooded house in the backround at the townland of Caherfurvaus near Craughwell on Monday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy

A smile on his face but tears in his eyes, east Galway farmer Tom Quinn hasn’t slept too well since Storm Desmond swept in with its “month-in-one-Sund(...)

Sandbags outside a hair salon in St Michael’s Square in Ballinasloe yesterday. Photograph: Joe O’Shaughnessy.

Flooding after Storm Desmond may “get worse before it gets better” across parts of the western seaboard, according to a senior local authority enginee(...)

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