Political reaction to flooding measures

Flooding reaction

Roscommon/South Leitrim Fine Gael TD, Frank Feighan, has said that people affected by the floods who don’t have flood insurance must be given support.

“This is a horrendous time for those affected. I have seen at first-hand how people’s lives have been turned upside down. Everything that can be done must be done to assist communities devastated by flooding.

“An interdepartmental group is currently investigating the problem for individuals unable to get insurance owing to flooding and I have highlighted the need to support these people in every way possible.

“Funding is being provided through the Department of Social Protection for flood damaged households and a new scheme has been established providing up to €20,000 for uninsured business premises which have been flood damaged.

“I hope that affected farmers will be included under the latter scheme or a similar scheme as they run businesses too,” he said.

Fianna Fail General Election candidate Cllr Eugene Murphy has asked the Government to get its act together and come to the aid of the general public who are in serious trouble after weeks of continuous rain.

Calling the Government response “appalling,” Cllr Murphy has said that the €8 million announced to tackle the crisis was “useless.”

“Roads are blocked people are cut off, business are under threat and some are damaged and the response has been pathetic from national Government,” he said.

“We need money released now, Councils have no money and the Government sits idly by.

“I have been assisting people where I can all over Christmas and things are desperate out there.

“County Councils have no resources to tackle such problems. There is a need for a greater effort and solidarity with many people in distress right now,” Cllr Murphy stated.

Midlands North West Sinn Féin MEP Matt Carthy has said the government’s failure to establish a single agency to lead and coordinate flood risk management will leave many parts of the state vulnerable to further floods.

He said a long term, strategic plan to manage flood risk and defences must be a priority of the next government regardless of which parties form that government.

“In December my party leader Gerry Adams TD proposed the establishment of a single agency to lead and coordinate flood risk management. He has again written to the Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD urge him to give this proposal serious consideration.

“The reality is that the government’s failure to establish such an agency will leave many party of the state vulnerable to further floods.”