The Sinn Féin representative for the Midlands North West EU constituency, Matt Carthy, has called on the government to “wake up” to the devastating impact that the recent storms have had on the west of Ireland.
Carthy said that communities along the west coast do not have the luxury of time and that the government should apply for emergency EU funding immediately, before it is too late.
“While communities along the west coast woke up this week to find their homes, businesses and land destroyed by the recent storms, the government have yet to wake up and realise that people cannot deal with this devastation alone.
“It is an imperative that emergency funding is made available immediately for people and communities affected by storm damage. However the €45 million budgetary allocation for emergency funds clearly will not be enough. The government must apply to the European Commission for funding from the European Solidarity Fund. But they must do it immediately before it is too late.
“Communities right along the west coast do not have the luxury of time as they struggle to deal with the devastation caused by these storms themselves. Local Authorities, starved of funding, appear in many cases powerless to help.
“The government need to wake up. The time for talking about this in board rooms is running out. Communities need funding and they need it now.”