Sinn Féin spokesperson on Arts, Heritage, Sports & Tourism, Sandra McLellan TD, has today demanded the government to declare a state of emergency and respond to the daily devastation of flooding.
Speaking during Leaders Questions in the Dáil, McLellan said:
“Irish people and communities the length and breadth of this state have since Christmas been experiencing an unprecedented weather crisis.
“This crisis has now become a state of emergency in many areas including Cork and should now be declared so.
“Local communities and local authorities are not in a position to respond to the daily devastation and urgently require government support. That support has not been forthcoming.
“We heard yesterday from the Taoiseach how much has been invested in flood defences since 1996 and how much will be spent over the coming five years. I am aware that the EU Floods Directive compels the government to publish what are termed, 'detailed flood hazard and flood maps', there can be no delay in these being published to inform the government on how best to allocate resources for the future.
“Minister Brian Hayes is in Cork and Kerry today and tomorrow. He will be visiting my own home town of Youghal to view for himself the damage done by flooding.
While we welcome his visit, we need more than photo ops and words of comfort. We need to hear what the government action plan is. We need to see the immediate benefits of that plan.”