Town of Ennis: Flood risk; how it has plagued Ennis

Upon hearing about the plans by the town of Ennis County Council to allow for the destruction of the wooded area across from Páirc na Coille. I was deeply shocked and confused.

The town has lost so many acres of green space over the years. And urban developments lacking proper foresight and planning have led to many problems.

Flooding has plagued the Town of Ennis in recent times and it was reported in the Clare Echo in January 2021.

That an estimated 20 million will be spent on flood defense works in Ennis Municipal District.

As Ennis town has grown bigger, its green spaces have been slowly eroding, giving way to concrete and steel.

The land adjacent to Páirc na Coille is one of the few remaining substantial wooded areas left in Ennis.

The root systems of trees and shrubs are the best flood management defenses we have: and they come at zero cost.

Apart from the obvious benefit of filtering our polluted air, vegetation provides the perfect solution to a problem.

That was and still is to this day overlooked by town planners.

I would urge Clare County Council to re-imagine its future vision for Ennis Town Center. And to stop the reckless destruction and sacrifice of its green spaces.

Town of Ennis

Progress is not progressing if it leads to the degeneration of our most valuable natural amenities and doesn’t account for the losses incurred.

It’s a real shame that the Council cannot learn from the mistakes of the past and move to secure a future.

Free from unnecessary problems that nature can help to prevent.

Climate change bringing more unpredictable weather patterns to this island.

Here’s hoping for more trees and fewer boats on the streets of Ennis in the future.

Jennifer O Malley
Ennis Co Clare


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Mary Keane.

I agree with you, Jennifer. Everything should be taken into account about flooding and climate change. Imagine waking up one day only to discover that everything you’ve always known has instantly changed. The home you’ve lived in for your entire life is gone. The roads are different making navigation far more complicated. You find yourself in areas that are unfamiliar to you. All around you are elements that could easily cause you harm and there is no escaping. This scenario would be sad, extremely overwhelming and many people would not survive. Why then do developers and the powers that be think it’s OK to destroy natural habitats? Well, everything possible is going to be done to save them. Mary Keane.

Pat Murphy.

Hello Mary. Was browsing through this website this morning and saw your comment. Some people don’t realize that animals and birds have feelings too. So to have their homes and familiar territories destroyed is indeed a disaster for them. The message here is don’t do to others what you wouldn’t like done to yourself.

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