The Sinn Féin Spokesperson on the Environment Brian Stanley TD has called on the Government to re-assess the amount of funding being made available to ameliorate damages caused during recent severe weather. The Laois Offaly TD said that this was necessary in the light of further damage caused today. He also called on the Government to make a strong case to the EU in relation to emergency funding.
Deputy Stanley said;
“I would like to welcome the Government announcement that they are making available an extra €70 million to address problems caused by the recent storms and flooding. I would also hope that the severe weather being experienced today does not exacerbate the problems already experienced in those places already badly affected.
“Unfortunately, from what I hear of the impact of the winds in Kerry today it would appear that many people are going to be very badly affected and massive damage has been caused by the storm today.
“In the light of that perhaps the Government will have to reassess the funding already promised. In relation to the EU, we must be making a case at Governmental level and through the Commission that the threshold for emergency aid from the EU fund be altered. At present we would only receive €1.33 million for damage of €100 million.
“With the on-going damage being caused, as witnessed today, we are in a position to make a strong case for a reappraisal at EU level of the criteria governing aid. Ireland has been afflicted more adversely due to our exposure to severe Atlantic weather storms.
“Due to our geographical location we are far more vulnerable than other EU states. The impact of the more extreme weather that we are experiencing is having devastating consequences in the south and west of the country, and I urge Minister Hogan and Coveney to make the strongest possible case for EU aid.”