Our Love The Lee Campaign promotes wider appreciation of the river Lee and the quays and quayside landscapes of Cork. The Love The Lee symbol is displayed by supporters in opposition to proposals by the Office of Public Works for flood walls and embankments with pumps in Cork City. We believe the OPW scheme for quayside defences would leave Cork without an attractive or meaningful city centre and would damage the local economy irreversibly through extensive construction works and by diminishing the authenticity of our historic city. Experts advise that the OPW scheme would interfere with groundwater in the city with serious consequences for building foundations and that a tidal barrier is a safer and more economical option for Cork. A tidal barrier can protect thousands of more people and properties, costing less and with a predictable and safe outcome. Please join our supporters who wish to protect the city of Cork and create new social and economic opportunities for the future.
We wish to thank everyone who has shown support by having their photo taken with our Love The Lee disc.
‘A city’s conserved historic core can differentiate that city from competing locations, branding it nationally and internationally, thus helping the city to attract investment and talented people.’
‘Heritage anchors people to their roots, builds self-esteem and restores dignity.’
“The Save Cork City Solution document ‘Potential Cork’ provides a detailed framework for a viable and sustainable solution to flood relief in Cork. It represents a truly considerate opportunity for the city."
Dutch (National) Flood Protection Programme
“installing cut-off walls and a groundwater dewatering system at Cork is an experiment in separating two interdependent surface water and groundwater systems, which is likely to fail"
Ground and Groundwater Conditions at Cork
Implications for the Lower Lee Flood Relief Scheme
With a view to giving rivers more space, they should consider where possible the maintenance and/or restoration of floodplains, as well as measures to prevent and reduce damage to human health, the environment, cultural heritage and economic activity.
The EU Floods Directive 2007
An assessment of the potential adverse consequences of future floods for human health, the environment, cultural heritage and economic activity.......including floodplains as natural retention areas, the effectiveness of existing man-made flood defence infrastructures (our Dams), the position of populated areas (our City), areas of economic activity (our City) and long-term developments including impacts of climate change on the occurrence of floods.
The EU Floods Directive 2007
The OPW Walls scheme "could potentially damage the ability of the city to realise its obvious riverside potential and negatively impact on the attractiveness of the city as a location for inward investment and tourisn."
"The beauty of the Quays is one of Cork's assets which should be jealously guarded"