Speaking as coastal communities are dealing again with storm conditions, Sinn Féin spokesperson on agriculture, food and the marine, Martin Ferris TD, called on the government to apply for funding from the European Union to support areas most affected.
Deputy Ferris said;
“There seems to be a lack of understanding in government of the devastation that has happened along the southern and western coasts. There is damage to dwellings, loss of livestock, businesses destroyed and land made unworkable by the severe weather conditions.
“The government has made €45 million available as an emergency measure, but it is not enough. There must be an application to the European Solidarity Fund now, not just for mopping up, but for restoration and protection against future storms or other severe weather conditions.
“Local authorities have not got the funds to deal with this alone. The heroism of communities and council workers, admirable as it is, is not enough to deal with this disaster.
“I am calling on the government to act now and apply for EU funding.”