Sinn Féin Leader Gerry Adams TD has praised the community in the Kings Island area of Limerick City who have been dealing with the consequences of severe flooding over the past two weeks.
Speaking today as he viewed damage to houses in the area and met with local residents, accompanied by Sinn Féin Councillor Maurice Quinlivan, Gerry Adams said:
"This is a proud working class community which has shown great resilience in the face of recent flood damage.
"The great work of local people, especially women, in looking after their neighbours has been phenomenal.
"It is time that the efforts of the local community were matched by an urgent response from state agencies in ensuring that citizens who have been adversely affected by the floods receive their entitlements.
"The immediate needs are to ensure that the 80 families who have been displaced can be got back into their houses as soon as possible and that emergency repairs are completed speedily.
"Most of the affected households in Kings Island have been denied flood insurance cover.
"I have raised with the Taoiseach the need for a specific financial aid package to assist those who, through no fault of their own can't get insurance.
This issue needs to be dealt with as a matter of priority."