Galway Senator says strategic tree planting could prevent future flooding

Fidelma Healy-Eames - Independent

Galway Bay fm newsroom – The Seanad has heard calls for native trees to be planted across flood prone areas in Galway to prevent future flooding events.

The suggestion has been made by Galway Senator Fidelma Healy Eames, who says that extensive planting of trees is a sustainable solution to the ongoing problem.

She says a recent study carried out in Wales shows that planting native trees in upland areas can drastically reduce flooding in low-lying regions.

Speaking in the Seanad, Senator Fidelma Healy Eames said that the proposal needs to be seriously examined as soon as possible.

In response, OPW Minister Simon Harris said the suggestion will be investigated.