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‘Less talk and more action’ - victims of rural flooding protest at CFRAM Report

Thu, Aug 25, 2016

IFA Flood Project Team chairman, Padraic Joyce, addressing the crowd at Tuesday's protest outside Athlone Civic Centre. Photo: Mags Cunney

ROBERT GRACE

A crowd numbering around 100 people gathered outside the Athlone Civic Centre on Tuesday afternoon (August 23) in protest against the lack of action on flood protection for rural areas.

The protest coincided with an Office of Public Works public consultation on the Draft CFRAM Report. The gathering consisted of concerned farmers and residents of rural areas, representatives from the Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), and local councillors including Fine Gael’s John Dolan and Tom Farrell. People travelled from places near and far, including Roscommon, Offaly, Longford, Clare and Leitrim, to express their dissatisfaction with the report.


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