Ireland’s roadmap to sustainable flood defences

A one-day conference

Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan

Date: 27th February 2019

In the face of climate change floods are an inevitable side effect. This conference will examine the management programmes, resources available and how to put them into use in the effort to prevent future devastation. Evaluating case studies of what to do and what works for areas at high risk of flooding.

There will be an expert line up of speakers covering a range of important topics for those responsible for managing or preventing floods.

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5 Structured CPD Points

This event will be of real interest to all engineers, civils contractors, local authorities, government departments, consultants, flood management consultants, water services and flood management suppliers, semi state agencies, regulators, universities, legal experts to the sector.




Registration with tea, coffee and pastries


Conference Chairperson & Opening Remarks

Jer Buckley, Irish National Flood Forum


Flood Risk Management in Ireland:

Updates on Management Programmes and Floods Directive

  • Update on the FRMP’s and progress in the implementation of the capital flood relief programme.
  • Implications of the CFRAM Programme and the FRMP’s for Local Authorities
  • Further National development in flood risk management
  • The second cycle of the ‘Floods’ Directive in Ireland

Speaker: Mark Adamson, Assistant Chief Engineer, Flood Relief and Risk Management Services, OPW


Adapting to Uncertain Flood Risk with The Impact of Climate Change

  • Understanding catchment hydrology
  • Evidence for change in flooding
  • Projected changes in flood risk
  • The tools for adapting and reducing flood risk

Speaker: Dr Conor Murphy, Senior Lecturer in Geography, Irish Climate Analysis and Research Units (ICARUS), Maynooth University


Sustainable Drainage Systems in the face of Climate Change

  • International best practice policy approaches to green infrastructure
  • Challenges and opportunities for SuDS in a changing climate
  • Development of the ‘SuDS protocol’ as a trans-national approach to climate change
  • The Socio-economic analysis evaluation of SuDS

Speaker: John Paul Rooney, Chartered Engineer, Associate, Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers


Coffee break and chance to network


Potential of hydraulic modelling in understanding and managing flood risk

  • Intro to hydraulic modelling
  • CFRAMSs and site- specific FRAs
  • 1D and 2D modelling
  • Case Study- Complex flood investigation with multiple modelled flood mechanisms

Speaker: Paul Singleton, BEng (hons) MSc CEng MIEI, Chartered Civil Engineer, McCloy Consulting


Advancements in geospatial data capture for Flood Management

  • Geospatial data capture technology
  • Advantages of capturing 3D data
  • Lifecycle management of assets

Speakers: JP Kelly, Commercial Manager, Murphy Surveys; Brendan Phelan, Project Engineer, Murphy Surveys


Establishment of the Flood Forecast Centre (FFC) in Met Éireann

  • Background to the establishment of the FFC
  • Plan for the establishment of the FFC
  • Current steps in developing the centre
  • Future steps for the FFC

Speaker: Eoin Sherlock, Chief Hydrometeorologist, Flood Forecast Division, Met Éireann


Q+A Session


Lunch and chance to network


The changing legal dimension

  • What’s at issue in the Supreme Court hearing later this year about the flooding of UCC in November 2009
  • Why flood plain issues derailed the Kilkenny Northern Ring Road Extension last year
  • Why was there a successful challenge last year to 553 metres of flood defence walls in Cork?
  • Why the Bandon flood relief scheme animated ecological consultants last year

Speaker: Brendan Slattery, Partner, McCann Fitzgerald


Case Study Section


Cork City Flood Scheme €140m largest ever scheme undertaken in Ireland and why the OPW preferred solution is the right one for Cork

  • Why it’s the right scheme for flood victims.
  • Outline of before and after the scheme is delivered / who will benefit.
  • Why it will address the best way of building flood resilience.
  • Why Irish National Flood Forum, Cork Business Assoc, Cork City Councillors and Cork Chamber believe it’s the right scheme for Cork City.
  • Update on Flood Insurance Bill
  • Steps taken so far
  • What stage the Bill is at, what will change?

Speaker: Jer Buckley, Irish National Flood Forum


Flood Relief Scheme Design- Case Studies

  • Clonmel Flood Relief Scheme– A local solution to a local problem
  • South Western CFRAM Study– The development of a catchment-based approach to flood risk management
  • Clonakilty Flood Relief Scheme– Using the catchment to manage flood risk

Speaker: Barry O’ Connor, Mott MacDonald Ireland


Q&A session


Conference Close

There will be 5 structured CPD points awarded to all attendees at this conference from the CPD certification service.

Mark AdamsonMark Adamson

Assistant Chief Engineer, Flood Relief & Risk Management Services, OPW

Mark Adamson is the Head of the Flood Relief and Risk Management Division in the Office of Public Works in Ireland, where he has worked since 1998 having previously worked for a few years as a consultant in the UK and overseas.

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Mark is responsible for the implementation of the National CFRAM Programme and the EU ‘Floods’ Directive in Ireland, the advisory service to planning authorities on flood risk, climate change adaptation planning for flood risk management, and for the technical aspects of the design of flood relief schemes. Mark was also Chairman of the EU Working Group on Floods for six years.

Paul SingletonPaul Singleton

Senior Project Engineer, McCloy Consulting

Paul is a Chartered Civil & Environmental Engineer, specialising in Flood Risk Assessment, sustainable drainage (SuDS) and environmental assessment.

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He has worked extensively throughout UK and Ireland.  Paul has experience of a range of hydraulic modelling software and has led significant river modelling projects with application of 1D / 2D techniques to investigate complex mechanisms of flooding.

More recently he spent a 2 year sabbatical in in East Africa, where he led a team in delivery of water supply schemes for developing communities with works to the capital value of £400k. He returned to Ireland in 2016 to establish the McCloy Consulting Dublin office.

Paul is responsible for providing workshops and training seminars on flood risk and SuDS to the public and private sector throughout the UK and Ireland.

Jer BuckleyJer Buckley

PRO Irish National Flood Forum

Jer is the PRO for a nationwide community group called the Irish National Flood Forum (INFF).

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The INFF is a voluntary organisation set up by people who have suffered flooding for communities that have been flooded. For the past 21 years he has owned and run his own retail business in Blackpool. His business has suffered flooding on 4 occasions. Prior to this Jer worked as the Fruit & Veg buyer for the Supervalu and Centra chain for 8 years. He was appointed to the board of An Bord Glas to help advise government on the horticultural industry in Ireland 1995. He joined the INFF 5 years ago and has worked as a volunteer and their PRO for the last 4 years.

John Paul RooneyJohn Paul Rooney

Chartered Engineer, Associate, Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers

John Paul is an Associate with Roughan & O’Donovan Consulting Engineers and leads the Water Engineering section of the company.

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He is a member of the Engineers Ireland Water and Environmental Committee and the 2018 Flood Advisory Group, and for the past 16 years has worked as a contractor and consulting engineer on a broad range of civil and structural engineering projects for the public and private sectors. In recent years, he has undertaken research examining the effectiveness of national, regional and local sustainable drainage policies in Ireland and abroad.

As Roughan & O’Donovan’s scientific lead on the European-funded CEDR WATCH project, John Paul is looking at ways to address the challenge of attaining effective and sustainable stormwater management practices in the face of climate change.

Barry O'ConnorBarry O’Connor

Project Manager, Flood Risk Management, Mott MacDonald

Barry Is a Chartered Engineer with over 20 years’ experience in the delivery of major Civil Engineering Projects.

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Barry has been involved in Flood Risk Management for the past 18 years. His experience in the field includes Hydrology, Hydraulic Modelling, Flood Risk Assessment, Flood Hazard Mapping, Stakeholder Engagement, the Preparation of Flood Risk Management Plans and the development and construction of flood alleviation schemes.

Dr. Conor MurphyDr. Conor Murphy

Senior Lecturer in Geography, Irish Climate Analysis and Research UnitS (ICARUS), Maynooth University, Co. Kildare, Ireland

Conor is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Geography and senior researcher with the Irish Climate Analysis and Research UnitS (ICARUS) at Maynooth University.

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His research interests focus on:

i). Modelling impacts of climate change on the water cycle and exploring how uncertainty in future impacts can be integrated into decision making.
ii). Historical Climatology
iii). Understanding the social dynamics (past, present and future) of adaptation to climate change.
iv). Seasonal Hydrological Forecasting and Hydroclimatology

Conor has been awarded over €4 million in funding as PI or Co-I from National and European sources. His research engages closely with enterprise, public bodies and communities. Conor has consistently published in top ranking international journals including; Science, Nature Climate Change, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Climatic Change, Climate of the Past, the International Journal of Climatology, Hydrology and Earth System Sciences and Advances in Water Resources. He has also published numerous book chapters and government reports informing policy. Conor has supervised 4 PhD researchers to completion and currently works with a talented team of post docs, Phds and Research Assistants.

Since its inception in 2008 Conor has been course director for the MSc Climate Change at Maynooth University. He teaches modules on climate change and catchment hydrology at undergraduate and postgraduate level. In 2015 Conor was recipient of a National Teaching Expert Award. He sits on the National Adaptation Committee and the Royal Irish Academy Committee on Climate and Environmental Change.

Eoin SherlockEoin Sherlock

Chief Hydrometeorologist, Flood Forecast Division, Met Éireann

Eoin Sherlock, the Head of the Flood Forecast Division in Met Éireann has been with the Irish Meteorological Service for over 13 years. Before joining the service Eoin worked for an Irish software company which developed software for European Space Agency missions.

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During his time in Met Éireann Eoin has worked in the research department developing Numerical Weather Prediction models for use in Ireland as well as Wave and Storm Surge models. He was a bench forecaster in the Forecast Division where he maintained a weather watch over Ireland and before his current role he was involved in the development of Met Éireann’s new website and mobile apps.

Initially Eoin will lead the establishment of Met Éireann’s Flood Forecast Centre (FFC). When the FFC is set up, Eoin will manage its operations (which will include 24/7 operations as necessary) and lead further flood forecasting developments.

JP KellyJP Kelly

Principal Manager, Murphy Surveys

JP Kelly is Commercial Manager at Murphy Surveys and is based in their Cork office.

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He qualified as a Geomatics Surveyor from DIT Bolton Street in 1999 and later returned to Bolton Street in 2010 to qualify as a Quantity Surveyor. With 20 years of varied construction operations and management experience, JP has worked on many different projects in multiple sectors of the industry. JP was heavily involved in the original CFRAM surveys working as project Manager for a number of the contracts in the south of the country. In recent years he has worked on various prestigious High Tech and Pharmaceutical projects in Ireland successfully introducing BIM techniques, solutions and workflows at each of these facilities.

Eoin SherlockBrendan Slattery

Partner, McCann Fitzgerald

With almost twenty years’ experience in the areas of environment, planning and climate change, Brendan is recognised as an expert in both planning and environmental law at national and EU level, having advised regulatory authorities, statutory bodies, local authorities and developers on the delivery of a wide range of local and national projects.

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In recent years, Brendan has advised on almost every significant infrastructure project across Ireland spanning the areas of energy, transport, water, wastewater and the agri-business sector.

Brendan lectures significantly in planning law on each of the Professional Practice Course in Conveyancing, the Diploma in Commercial Conveyancing and the Diploma in Planning and Environmental Law.  He also lectures in planning and environmental law on the Diploma in Physical Planning, the Diploma in Environmental Engineering, the MSc in Environmental Science and the MSc in Biodiversity and Conservation.

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Ordnance Survey Ireland’s primary product is mapping services. Ordnance Survey Ireland produces urban, rural and tourist and leisure mapping at a variety of scales. This mapping is produced in digital form as well as on paper. In addition, the base data used to create the map products is also used to produce other products such as aerial photography/ orthophotography and Digital Terrain Models and Environmental Reports. It also has an extensive database of historic mapping data from the 1830’s. Ordnance Survey Ireland licenses the use of its data for a wide range of computer based applications such as Computer Aided Design (CAD) and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).

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