Will it work?

Ex­pert eval­u­a­tion

The Irish Times - Weekend Review - - NEWS REVIEW -

Each of the pro­pos­als in this “Cap­i­tal Ideas” se­ries has been put to a group of three ex­perts for an ini­tial “back of an en­ve­lope” eval­u­a­tion. They are: Frances Ruane, for­mer di­rec­tor of the Eco­nomic and So­cial Re­search In­sti­tute; Caro­line Spil­lane, di­rec­tor gen­eral of En­gi­neers Ire­land; and Cliff Tay­lor, Ir­ish Times eco­nom­ics colum­nist.

Caro­line Spil­lane

Lo­calised pol­lu­tion by in­di­vid­u­als is a ma­jor is­sue that must be ad­dressed. To as­sist with the “health of the Lif­fey”, ed­u­ca­tion pro­grammes should pro­mote aware­ness and ap­pre­ci­a­tion of large and small rivers and wa­ter­ways.

The En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Agency (EPA) has an im­por­tant role to play: ap­prox­i­mately one third of our ma­jor rivers and their more im­por­tant trib­u­taries are sur­veyed and as­sessed each year by its ecol­o­gists.

Cliff Tay­lor

Dublin­ers have fan­tas­tic ameni­ties with the coast, moun­tains and rivers which flow from them. In­vest­ing to pro­tect this makes sense and not just be­cause it is a “nice” thing to do. Tens of mil­lions, rather than hun­dreds, could achieve a lot. The gains are hard to quan­tify, but if it re­duces flood­ing and has bio­di­ver­sity ben­e­fits, a case could be made.

Frances Ruane

This idea fo­cuses on the hid­den en­vi­ron­ment that im­pacts the Lif­fey at the heart of the cap­i­tal. We are grad­u­ally tak­ing pol­lu­tion more se­ri­ously but there is a dis­tance to go. There is not much the city can do about this with­out the sup­port and fo­cus of the EPA.

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