Calls for a permanent solution to the recurring problem of flooding following exceptionally heavy rainfall.

The body of a sixty seven year old man whose was found in Kilcaraney, near the Aillwee Caves in County Clare. It is believed that he may have driven his car into a flooded stretch of road and drowned as he tried to walk to safety.

The emergency services have been working at full capacity today in Clonmel County Tipperary to assist those affected by floodwaters from the River Suir, which burst its banks yesterday. The damage to homes and business premises is estimated at thousands of pounds. One local resident describes the effects of the flooding as,

Soul destroying.

Mayor of Clonmel Tommy Norris is calling on the government to prevent flooding of this scale from happening again.

I want the faults to be pointed out, and I want the money to fix these faults.

Minister of State with responsibility for the Office of Public Works Martin Cullen was visiting flooded parts of Clonmel today. Pledging his department's support he tells RTÉ News the best outcome is,

A way that achieves an overall solution, not a stop-gap solution.

With thousands of acres in the Suir Valley under water, corn crops destroyed and animals stranded, Pat O’Rourke of the ICMSA (Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association) describes the situation for farmers as,


An RTÉ News report broadcast on 6 August 1997. The reporter is Helen McInerney.