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Extent of flood damage a legacy of Fianna Fáil's cosy relationship with developers

22 November, 2009 - by Martin Ferris TD


Sinn Féin spokesperson on the Environment Martin Ferris TD has said the extent of flood damage in housing estates across the country is a legacy of Fianna Fáil's cosy relationship with developers throughout the 80's and 90's. Deputy Ferris said the Government should re-house or compensate those people whose homes were built on flood plains and have now been ruined by flood waters.

Speaking today Deputy Ferris said:

"The cosy relationship between Fianna Fáil and developers throughout the 80's and 90's seen housing estates spring up in the most unsuitable places such as the flood plains were so many houses have now been ruined by water. Concern for the safety of the homes being built and those living in them meant nothing as developers lusted after massive profits in an over-inflated housing market and in this they were facilitated by their friends in Fianna Fáil.

"Over the past week we have seen the consequences of this callous disregard for health and safety as thousands of homes have been flooded and many livelihoods ruined. The Government should re-house or compensate those people living on flood plains whose homes have been flooded in the past week. Furthermore, any housing developments currently taking place on flood plains should be buldozed and their planning permission rescinded." ENDS

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