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Kim O'Leary

Expert warns that some of Dublin's coastal homes 'will soon be uninsurable' due to climate change

Dublin homeowners living in coast areas have been warned that they may struggle to find home insurance in the future, due to the effects of flooding caused by climate change.

The Sunday Times reports there will be "increased resistance" from insurance firms to provide insurance for coastal homes in Dublin due to the risk of flooding, a sustainable futures expert has said. According to the Office of Public Works (OPW) the Dublin areas most at risk to climate change include Clontarf, Malahide, Portmarnock, Howth and Swords as well as parts of the docklands.

Meanwhile, other areas such as Dun Laoghaire, Sandymount and Booterstown have been listed as being "vulnerable" to the effects of flooding caused by climate change.

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Barry O'Dwyer, associate director in the sustainable futures department in KPMG, told The Sunday Times that some properties may be uninsurable due to flooding. Many parts of Dublin area expected to see an increase in flooding in the next 20 to 30 years.

Mr O'Dwyer explained: "The stark reality is there's going to be increased resistance from insurance companies to underwrite properties."

The warning comes weeks after a terrifying flood map of Dublin was revealed. Last month, world leaders gathered in Egypt discuss the ever pressing climate emergency at Cop27.

The latest information from Climate Central shows the areas of Dublin that are likely to have major flooding problems in the coming years, if sea levels continue to rise at the current rate.

Dublin will be one of the most heavily impacted counties in Ireland by rising sea levels, according to the map. For example, in 2030 North Bull island and Portmarnock golf club will be among the worst hit by flooding, while Sutton, Irishtown and Ringsend will all be engulfed by the Irish Sea according to the latest climate map.


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