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Doherty calls for rapid emergency response to Gaoth Dobhair flooding

24 June, 2009 - by Pearse Doherty TD


Donegal Sinn Féin Senator Pearse Doherty has called for a rapid response by relevant agencies in the aftermath of the flooding in Gaoth Dobhair yesterday. Senator Doherty made the call in the Seanad today and welcomed the support of the leader of the house Donie Cassidy to progress the issue. Senator Doherty has also personally invited the Minister for the Environment John Gormley to visit Gaoth Dobhair to see the extent of the damage and with a view to providing extra funding for the clean up operation.

Speaking today Senator Doherty said, “My first thoughts are with those affected by the yesterday’s flooding. What we need to do now is turn our attention to addressing the damage that was done in the area. This will require a multi agency approach. Roads have been swept away, bridges have collapsed, businesses have been destroyed and a youth club has been left unusable and many other effects throughout the parish.

“I have called on the Taoiseach to establish immediately an agency of all the relevant departments including finance, Environment and local government, Roinn na Gaeltachta, the dept of transport so that this issue can be addressed. I have also personally invited the Minister for the Environment John Gormley to visit Gaoth Dobhair to see for himself the extent of the damage with a view to providing extra funding for the clean up operation.

“Flash flooding is not a new phenomenon and has become more frequent in recent years across the country. While this new agency needs to deal with the crisis in Gaoth Dobhair immediately, it also needs to be put on a permanent footing so that when such an event occurs again in whatever part of the state, as it undoubtedly will, there will be a joined up approach and an immediate response.

“I want to commend the rescue services, the coast guard, the fire service, the gardai and the locals who helped people who were caught up in the flooding yesterday.” ENDS

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